Metastatic Spinal Lesions: Treatment

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Dr. Brian Schiro, Interventional Radiologist with Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute, explains metastasis occurs with different frequencies depending on what type of cancer the patient has. “Most patients when they have staged four cancers they have metastasis that have spread to other parts of the body. The bone is one of those spots where this metastasis can form.”

He also says ablation is a treatment to deal with the pain. “We are able to put a needle into the vertebral body, and this is a particular need that has radio frequency signals on it. What happens is that radio frequency signal heats up in that location at the tip of the needle and it basically kills any of the bone tumors that are in there.”

Transcript
What exactly are metastasis and how often are those reasons for compression fractures and the back pain? > So metastasis occurred with different frequencies depending on what type of cancer the patient has, and if the patient most patients when they had stage four cancer they have metastasis that have that have spread to other parts of the body the bone is one of those spots where these metastases can form. If the patients do develop metastasis as we talked about it can lead compression fractures and that can be quite debilitating in these patients. > And there’s a procedure… I’m sorry… > Yeah. And even even without compression fractures and metastases themselves can be painful enough that we there’s in Brian waha who’s about to explain the treatments that we offer for that. > And that’s oblation, correct? > That’s right. So one thing that we do is if there is a fracture… if there is a metastasis that’s in a certain location within the vertebral body we’re able to treat it by similar techniques as we do with the vertebroplasty. So again I’m gonna take our model here and as I’ve shown that in the past we were able to put this needle into the into the vertebral body, and this is a particular need Alert has radio frequency signals on it and what happens is that radio frequency signal heats up in that location at the tip of the needle and it basically kills any of the bone tumors that are in there. > Wow. And how long does that procedure take doctor? > It takes a little bit longer to do this procedure just because of the fact that we have to let the heat build up inside of the the tumor it’s gonna take probably about an hour so to do the whole procedure.
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