CT guided microwave ablation left kidney tumour
After the ablation, 10% patient will have some pain in the area of the kidney, this is controlled painkiller tablets. A third of patients may have some flu-like symptoms (post-ablation syndrome) which can last for up to 10 days. Occasionally some patient will have some blood in the urine (haematuria) which generally resolves after 3-5 days.
Possible complications include some bleeding or leak of urine around the kidney, this generally resolves spontaneously but occasionally needs drainage under CT or ultrasound guidance. As with all invasive procedures, there is small risk of infection that can be treated with antibiotics.
The most serious complication is damage to other organs around the kidney, such as the bowel which may need surgical repair. This is a rare event, reported in the scientific literature as less than 1% and has not occurred in any of the patients treated by Dr Burfitt to date.
Following the ablation, the kidney is kept under surveillance for 5 years with 6 monthly CT or MRI to ensure there is no recurrence of the tumour. Recurrence occurs in less than 5% of patients and can be treated with repeat ablation.