Advertisement

Are there any side effects from radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency oblation has the same side effects as burning an area of a tumor, says Tamara Sutton, director of cancer services at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. In this video, she explains the process of the procedure and side effects.

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a relatively new technology most commonly used to remove abnormal tissues, particularly in patients with pre-cancerous cells in the esophagus caused by long standing reflux disease (Barrett’s esophagus with dysplasia).Very few side effects occur from RFA, though many people may experience chest discomfort for 48-72 hours after the procedure. Although this will naturally subside, it can be treated with a soft diet and liquid pain medications. The overall complication rate from RFA in the esophagus is exceedingly low; however, the rare complications include narrowing of the esophagus (stricture) and bleeding. Thankfully, these side effects are usually managed conservatively with minimal intervention. In very rare cases, RFA can cause the abnormal superficial tissue to become buried in deeper layers of the esophagus.

 

Continue Learning about Cancer Treatment

Welcome to the Gene Editing Revolution
Welcome to the Gene Editing Revolution
It sounds like science fiction: Snip out a bad gene, insert a good one, and stop cancer in its tracks. But this fall, a British baby named Layla Richa...
Read More
How can I deal with fatigue caused by cancer treatment?
HealthyWomenHealthyWomen
If you are undergoing cancer treatment or expect to be, it's important to plan for the eventuality t...
More Answers
What are side effects of biological therapy for cancer treatment?
RealAgeRealAge
Side effects of biological therapy (also known as biotherapy or immunotherapy) for cancer can vary a...
More Answers
Dr. Oz Explains the Benefits of Immunotherapy
Dr. Oz Explains the Benefits of Immunotherapy

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.