Laser thermocoagulation

LASER INTERSTITIAL THERMAL THERAPY


HCA UK offers advanced treatments such as thermocoaulation to help eliminate metastatic tumours

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Laser thermocoagulation is an emerging treatment option for primary and metastatic brain tumours which can be hard to treat with conventional surgery.

The procedure involves inserting a laser catheter into the tumour and heating it to temperatures high enough to kill the tumour.

Need to know

The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic. A small incision is made in the scalp and a thin hole is made in the skull. Guided by MRI and image guidance, the surgeon inserts the catheter into the target area of the brain.

The laser is activated and the surgeon monitors the heat delivered to the tumour through MRI imaging. When the entire tumour has been heated, the laser is removed and the area is closed with staples.

Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. Because you'll be having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking before surgery.

Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.

You should be able to go home the next day. You'll need to arrange for someone to pick you up from the hospital.

Your consultant will monitor your progress carefully, and arrange a follow up appointment. They will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine after surgery.

Our Laser thermocoagulation locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London

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