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Radiofrequency Ablation of the Liver

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about radiofrequency ablation of the liver?

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure that uses electrical currents to destroy cancer cells in your liver. A needle electrode delivers an electrical current that creates heat and destroys the tumor. This procedure is commonly used for small tumors.

How do I prepare for RFA of the liver?

Your healthcare provider will talk to you about how to prepare for RFA. You may be told not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your procedure. Your provider will tell you which medicines to take or not take on the day of your procedure. Your provider may ask you to stop taking aspirin, NSAIDs, or blood thinners for a period of time before your procedure.

What will happen during RFA of the liver?

What are the risks of RFA of the liver?

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