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Laser thermocoagulation

Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy

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

About

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

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    The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, so you'll be asleep throughout. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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