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Percutaneous Ablation

What is Percutaneous Ablation?

Ablation refers to eliminating a tumor’s cancerous cells through energy. Ablation can be performed through the skin (percutaneously) or via surgery (open or laparoscopic surgery). At South Florida Vascular Associates, we offer percutaneous ablation as a minimally invasive treatment for liver, bone, or kidney tumors.

Who is a Candidate for Percutaneous Ablation?

Individuals who have been diagnosed with liver, bone, or kidney tumors can often benefit from percutaneous ablation. Some patients with cancer that have metastasized may also be candidates for tumor ablation. Ultimately, the best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is to have an in-depth discussion with your physician.

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The Percutaneous Ablation Procedure

Percutaneous ablation can be done as an outpatient procedure in the office with moderate conscious sedation. Studies have shown that this procedure is as effective as surgery for small tumors and can be a curative treatment when only one or a few lesions are present.

During this procedure, your interventional radiologist will use ultrasound or X-ray guidance to place a small probe through the skin into the tumor. The probe then heats up to kill the tumor and surrounding tissue. At this time, a biopsy may be also taken through the same site.

For percutaneous ablation of bone metastasis, a kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty procedure is also performed to strengthen the bone and prevent fracture.

Percutaneous ablation can be repeated as often as necessary to control the disease. In some cases, this treatment can be a bridge to surgery as well.


William Julien, MD

Board-Certified Vascular Interventional Physician


Mana Khatkar, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant


Anissa Rodriguez, NP-C

Certified Nurse Practitioner


Percutaneous Ablation Aftercare

Following percutaneous ablation, some patients may experience soreness or flu-like symptoms for a few days following this procedure. These symptoms can be easily controlled with medication. This procedure is very safe and can be repeated several times.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about percutaneous ablation, please contact South Florida Vascular Associates by giving us a call or filling out our online form. We serve the greater Southeast Florida areas with locations in Coconut Creek, Boynton Beach, and Plantation, FL.