Cryoablation and Radiofrequency Ablation of Kidney Tumors at Lowcountry Urology Clinics

The physicians of Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC are skilled in treating kidney tumors with cryoablation and radiofrequency ablation (RFA). We invite referring physicians to consider us for their patients who may benefit from these procedures.

As a service to our referring physicians, Lowcountry Urology Clinics would like to present some basic information on cryoablation and radiofrequency ablation that you may wish to share with your patients.

Details of the Kidney Tumor Cryoablation Procedure

Simply put, “cryo” means freezing. Cryoablation is the controlled freezing of the kidney tumors to destroy cancerous cells. Cryoablation effectively freezes and eliminates cancerous cells and tissues, as well as the blood vessels that feed the cancer.

Although sometimes performed laparoscopically, cryoablation is most often done percutaneously, menaing that it pierces through the skin and into the tumorous tissue. The freezing process begins and the probes, computer and clinician closely monitor the procedure. The procedure often takes less than 2 hours. Inpatient hospital stay is around 3 days or less. Blood loss is negligible and complications are extremely rare.

Details of the Kidney Tumor Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Procedure

The procedure of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is similar to cryoblation. Howvwer, once the probe reasches its target tumor, it introduces radiofrequency waves. High-frequency electrical energy delivered through this needle heats and destroys the tumor. RFA is typically for patients with small tumors that started within the kidney, called primary tumors, or those that started elsewhere and spread to the kidney.

Choose Lowcountry Urology Clinics for Your Patients

For your patients that may benefit from cryoablation radiofrequency ablation to treat their kidney tumors, Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC is a referral you can make with confidence. Contact us today!