Ask your doctor if you need to avoid eating or drinking before the procedure.
You will most likely be given a sedative to help you relax. Local anesthesia will be used to numb the area. If this is done as part of another surgery, you may have
Description of the Procedure
The exact steps of the procedure will depend on where the tissue is located. The tool will be a probe that is applied directly to the area or passed through a catheter to the area.
Imaging devices such as a
will be used to help guide the doctor to the area.
A small amount of electricity is passed through the tube which heats and destroys the selected tissue. The probe may be repositioned to destroy other areas of tissue.
Immediately After Procedure
You will be monitored for 2-3 hours after the procedure.
How Long Will It Take?
About 10-60 minutes
How Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia will prevent pain during surgery. Pain and discomfort after the procedure will depend on the location and amount of tissue that was involved. Discomfort during recovery can be managed with medications.
Average Hospital Stay
It may be possible to leave the hospital on the same day of the procedure. Some will need to stay overnight so that the doctor can monitor them.
Most return to normal activities within a few days of the procedure.
Call Your Doctor
It is important to monitor your recovery. Alert your doctor to any problems. If any of the following occur, call your doctor:
Signs of infection, including fever and chills
Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
Pain that you cannot control with the medications you were given
Cough, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, or chest pain
Persistent nausea or vomiting
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
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