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Cancerous tumors in the liver, bone, kidney, breast, lung, or adrenal gland; particularly those that have not responded, or are unlikely to respond to surgery and/or
alone (often used to treat tumors that have spread)
(irregular and/or rapid heart rhythms due to abnormal electrical conduction pathways)
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)—condition in which enlarged areas of the prostate may be compressing the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body)
Overgrown areas of the soft palate that may be responsible for severe snoring and/or
(periods of time when breathing stops during sleep)
Pain from soft tissue tumors or disease that has spread
An IV will be placed to give you fluids and medicine to help you relax. Your heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure will be monitored. The area where the probe will be inserted is numbed.
The probe will be inserted into or directly up against the abnormal tissue.
images may be used to help guide the probe.
In some cases, once the probe is inserted, a number of electrodes will be placed into the area. This will let the doctor treat a larger area of tissue.
A small amount of heat will be introduced through the probe. The heat will destroy the abnormal tissue. The probe may be repositioned to destroy other areas of tissue.
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