What is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency waves to create heat that kills tumor cells and destroys nerve fibers to reduce or stop transmission of pain signals to the brain.

Why would you need RFA?

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) uses heat to kill cancer cells. You might have it to get rid of your cancer, to control its growth or to control symptoms.

RFA is not usually the main treatment for cancer. You might have RFA alone, or in combination with other treatments, if you have:

  • primary liver cancer
  • secondary cancer in the liver
  • primary lung cancer
  • secondary cancer in the lung
  • kidney cancer

Your doctors might recommend RFA if you can’t have surgery to treat your cancer.

Risks Involved

Our ability to use imaging guidance and cutting-edge technology minimizes patient risk.  Prior to your procedure, your physician will discuss any potential risks with you.

Conditions to let us know about

Let your doctor know if you currently are pregnant or breast feeding, feeling ill, have a fever, or are taking any blood thinners.

Insurance coverage

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is covered by most private insurance providers as well as Medicare. We will seek authorization from your insurance company prior to your procedure.

Preparing for your procedure

If you are on blood thinners your doctor will instruct you if you need to stop these medications prior to the procedure. Because you will be sedated, you will need a responsible adult to give you a ride home.

Recovering from your procedure

You will receive sedation during your procedure. You will stay in the recovery area until you are ready for discharge. You will be given written post procedure discharge instructions that will advise you about return to normal physical activity. If you have any questions after your procedure, please call the RIA Interventional Suite at 720-493-3406.

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