Primary applications of radiofrequency ablation

Below is a listing (condensed from report #A145) of the specific primary applications indicated by manufacturers for the use of radiofrequency (RF) ablation embodied in their devices.  As is apparent, RF ablation has penetrated the breadth of medical specialties due to its long history, its facile integration in the practices of a wide range of specialists and its applicability to produce desired tissue effects for many tissue types.

  • Ablation of nonresectable liver tumors
  • Ablation of tissue to relieve discogenic pain, herniated discs.
  • AF ablation, atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia (AVNRT)
  • AF, supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), AVNRT
  • AF, ventricular tachycardia
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Atrial flutter
  • AVNRT
  • AVNRT, tachycardia due to Wolf-Parkinson-White
  • Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)
  • Bipolar RF ablation of cardiac tissues
  • Body contouring
  • Body contouring, wrinkles
  • Bronchial thermoplasty for severe asthma
  • Cardiac ablation, AF
  • Cardiac arrhythmias, and ablation and coagulation of soft tissues during general, ear, nose and throat, thoracic, gynecologic and urologic surgical procedures.
  • Coagulation
  • Coagulation during surgery
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Controlled tissue removal during arthroscopic procedures of the elbow, wrist and ankle
  • Cutting and coagulation
  • Discogenic back pain
  • Ear, nose and throat (ENT) procedures
  • Endoscopic surgical cautery
  • Epicardial ablation, AF
  • For larger areas. Ablation catheter treatment of Barrett's esophagus, a precancerous change to the lining of the esophagus.
  • For smaller areas. Ablation catheter treatment of Barrett's esophagus, a precancerous change to the lining of the esophagus.
  • General surgical applications
  • Hemostasis, dissection
  • Hepatic and renal resections
  • Hip and knee arthroplasty coagulation
  • IDE for investigational use only in USA. HUD for use in conjunction with radiation therapy for the treatment of cervical carcinoma patients who are ineligible for chemotherapy.
  • Knee, shoulder, hip resection and ablation of soft tissues.
  • Larger liver tumors
  • Liver and kidney resections.
  • Liver tumors
  • Menorrhagia
  • Nerve ablation to treat sacro-iliac joint syndrome (SIJS)
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Orthopedics
  • Pain management
  • Paroxysmal AF ablation
  • Progressive or recurrent cancers.
  • Radiation proctitis (RP) and gastric antral vascular ectasia (GAVE).
  • Renal nerve ablation for HTN
  • Resection and coagulation
  • RF neurotomy in the spine
  • Skin resurfacing
  • Small joint repair.
  • Soft tissue ablation
  • Soft tissue ablation, including specifically for liver resection.
  • Solid organ resection
  • Spinal disc repair
  • Spinal nerve ablation
  • Tissue coagulation in OB/GYN, GI surgery and dermatology
  • Tissue fusion, dissection
  • Tonsil and adenoid dissection
  • Treatment of fecal incontinence
  • Treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Tumor ablation
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Varicose vein ablation
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Vessel sealing

Source: MedMarket Diligence Report #A145, "Ablation Technologies Worldwide Market, 2009-2019".

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