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Radiofrequency Ablation of the Lung

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

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

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure that uses electrical currents to destroy cancer cells in your lung. A needle electrode delivers an electrical current that creates heat and destroys the tumor.

How do I prepare for RFA of the lung?

Your healthcare provider will talk to you about how to prepare for surgery. 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 lung?

What will happen after RFA of the lung?

An x-ray or CT scan of your chest will be taken within 4 hours after RFA. These tests are done to check for a collapsed lung (pneumothorax) or other lung problems. A collapsed lung may be caused by air or gas that collects in your chest. A collapsed lung does not always need to be treated. A tube may need to be placed in your chest for a few days to help remove the extra air.

What are the risks of RFA of the lung?

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