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Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) of the Liver

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What is radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the liver?

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a technique that uses high frequency electrical energy that creates heat, delivered through a thin instrument known as a probe, to destroy tissue. It is used in the liver to destroy tumors (either primary liver cancers or cancers that have metastasized or spread to the liver) that cannot be removed by traditional surgery.

Radiofrequency ablation also is  used in many other medical conditions. Examples of other uses of radiofrequency ablation include:

What are uses of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the liver?

Radiofrequency ablation is used to treat hepatocellular carcinomas (HCC) of the liver, primary cancers that arise in the liver cells, when these tumors are small and the patient is not an appropriate candidate for surgical removal of the tumor or liver transplantation. Radiofrequency ablation also can be used on liver tumors that have originated elsewhere in the body and have spread (metastasized) to the liver.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/3/2016


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