What is a metastatic spinal tumor?
A metastatic spinal tumor can occur when cancerous cells have spread from a primary location in the body, such as the breast, lung, or prostate, and grow in the vertebrae of the spine or the spinal cord.
How do I recognize metastatic spinal tumor symptoms?
Metastatic spinal tumors can weaken or fracture the vertebrae, causing varying levels of pain, from mild to severe. The onset of pain may be mild but increase rapidly. Using X-ray and MRI images of your spine, your physician can help you understand if a metastatic spinal tumor is the cause of your back pain.
What are the potential benefits of radiofrequency (RF) ablation therapy?
A minimally invasive procedure using radiofrequency ablation therapy allows a physician to reduce the size of metastatic spinal tumors in a single treatment, thereby providing patients with rapid pain relief. The STAR™ Tumor Ablation System brings this therapeutic option to metastatic spinal tumors that have historically been difficult to access and treat in a minimally invasive procedure.
Are there spine tumor ablation risks that should concern me?
As with all surgical procedures, radiofrequency (RF) ablation therapy does have risks. These risks depend on the patient’s overall health. To determine if you are a candidate for RF ablation therapy, please consult with your doctor.
Is RF ablation therapy right for me?
You’ll need to talk with your physician and, together, determine if you are a good candidate for radiofrequency (RF) ablation therapy.
How long does ablation therapy take?
The entire procedure often takes less than 90 minutes.
How soon after the procedure can I resume my normal activities?
Recovery times for a minimally invasive procedure, such as radiofrequency ablation using the STAR Tumor Ablation System, are measured in hours and days rather than weeks and months. However, recovery time for each patient will vary. Your physician will monitor your progress and, together, will help you determine when you can safely return to your normal activities.