How microwave tissue ablation works
Microwave ablation involves destroying unwanted cells with heat. The Acculis MTA system uses a needle-shaped applicator that delivers a controlled amount of microwave energy into the affected tissue.
Once the applicator is in place, it emits microwave energy. Microwaves are a unique and rapid way of heating tissue. They are absorbed by the tissue and create heat by interacting with water particles. The heat acts to kill the unwanted cells. Once treatment is complete the microwaves decay away to nothing. This ensures that the area of heating is very controlled and precise.
Treatment takes approximately two to four minutes, although your overall time in theatre will be longer. As with all ablation therapies, complications are possible. However, data shows that these are no more likely with the Acculis MTA system than with lower frequency systems or Radio Frequency Ablation. Your doctor can provide further details about any potential side affects.