Radiofrequency Ablation of Hepatic Lesions: A Review

Venkataramu N. Krishnamurthy, MD; V. Javier Casillas, MD; Lina Latorre, MD


Appl Radiol. 2003;32(10) 

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Immediate Postprocedural Care

The patient needs intensive monitoring with frequent recording of vital signs for any immediate complications like internal bleeding. Patients usually experience significant pain and nausea and require IV narcotic analgesics, eg, morphine sulphate and antiemetics. Once stabilized, the patient can be moved to a regular floor bed with routine vital monitoring. Oral fluids and regular diet can be resumed as tolerated by the patient. Patients usually require oral analgesics and we prescribe a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate. Patients can be discharged home the next day. We prescribe 5 days of oral cephalosporin tablets. If significant pain persists, oral hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets are continued for 3 to 5 days.