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Radio-Frequency Ablation

This procedure involves the insertion of a needle into the affected place in the body, then radio-frequency waves are directed at a very small area to destroy the target cells.

What to expect
You will be admitted to the hospital for this procedure which will be carried out in the CT Department. Because this procedure can be painful and because it is very important to stay completely still, you will be given a general anaesthetic so that you are asleep throughout the procedure. This means that you cannot eat or drink for 6 hours beforehand.

You will need to bring with you what you need to stay in the hospital overnight and arrange for someone else to drive you home the next day.
 
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This page was last updated at 11:00AM on September 10, 2019.