What does bilaterally mean in medical terms?
(by-LA-teh-rul) Affecting both the right and left sides of the body.
Does bilateral mean both?
Bilateral means “on both sides”. The term is derived from Latin, “bi” means two, and “lateral” means to the side.
How long is liver ablation recovery?
After thermal ablation You should be back to doing your normal activities after about a week. You usually have a scan about 4 to 6 weeks afterwards to check how well the treatment has worked.
Is radiofrequency ablation the same as radiotherapy?
Brief Summary: RATIONALE: Radiofrequency ablation uses a high-frequency electric current to kill tumor cells. External-beam radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill tumor cells. Giving radiofrequency ablation together with radiation therapy may kill more tumor cells.
What is bilateral disease?
Bilateral: Affecting both sides. For example, bilateral arthritis affects joints on both the left and right sides of the body.
How painful is a liver ablation?
The area where the needle or probe was put into your skin (the procedure site) may be sore for a day or two after the procedure, and you may have a bruise. You may have a dull pain in your belly or right shoulder for a couple of days. This is called referred pain.
What are the side effects of a liver ablation?
Possible side effects after ablation therapy include abdominal pain, infection in the liver, fever and abnormal liver tests. Serious complications are uncommon, but they are possible. Newer ablation techniques in liver cancer are also being studied.
What can I expect after an ablation?
In the days after the procedure, you may experience mild symptoms such as an achy chest and discomfort, or bruising in the area where the catheter was inserted. You might also notice skipped heartbeats or irregular heart rhythms. Most people can return to their normal activities within a few days.