Microwave Ablation (MA) uses microwave energy and an antenna to cause coagulation of tissue by creating heat due to friction and vibration of water molecules in the cells. The advantage of MA over other heating systems, such as RFA, is that the microwave technique is quicker (it can be completed in 10 minutes) and does not cause collateral damage.
Common Side Effects
Many patients experience a low grade fever and pain for a few days following the procedure. Major complications include liver abscess, bile duct injury, infections, bleeding and skin burn.
Typically, the patient will go home the same day. If a laparoscopic procedure is selected, the patient often goes home the following day. An open surgical procedure requires that an incision be made in the abdomen, general anesthesia is used, and the recovery time will be longer.