Frequently Asked Questions - IGTA
Is the procedure new? Is it considered experimental? Is it safe?
IGTA procedures have been performed for more than 20 years. They are not considered experimental. They are approved by the FDA and considered very safe.
Will it work as well as surgery?
Studies have shown the procedures to have outcomes similar to surgical intervention.
When should I consider IGTA instead of other treatments such as surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy?
Depending on your medical situation, ablation may be used in combination with surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy or as a sole treatment. Because of its safety, ablation can be an excellent option for patients who are not surgical candidates, or those too frail to tolerate surgery or chemotherapy. It is also useful in shrinking tumors to alleviate pain and improve the quality of life.
Will my insurance cover the procedure?
Most medical plans cover ablation procedures. We recommend that you discuss this in advance with your doctor and consult your health insurance provider.
Will I be put to sleep?
Ablations are usually performed on an outpatient basis with minimal sedation.
Will I be exposed to radiation during the procedure?
If your procedure requires a CT scan to guide the probe placement, then you will be exposed to a small dose of radiation similar to the diagnostic tests you may have already had to diagnose the tumor and monitor treatment.
How does the ablated tumor leave the body?
- In RFA/Microwave Ablation: Ablated tissue dissolves over time and turns into a scar
- In Cryoablation: Cells rupture and the body reabsorbs the dead cells
Does the procedure hurt?
You will receive IV conscious sedation and local anesthetics during the procedure. There may be mild pain at the site for a few days.