Osteoid osteoma is a benign bone tumor that is mostly found in childhood or young age; its main clinical significance is that it causes pain locally.
Radiofrequency ablation of osteoid osteoma is particularly important among those procedures which are performed by the Interventional Radiology Service of the Tbilisi Central Hospital. In most cases, osteoid osteoma disappears on its own after about 2-5 years. The pain caused by it is usually exposed to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. However, in some cases, the effect of their use may be unsatisfactory; in addition, a long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs has undesirable side effects (pathological processes of the gastrointestinal tract). In this regard, radical surgical or minimally invasive interventions become relevant for osteoid osteoma.
Treatment of this disease with an open surgery is highly effective, although in some cases its identification may be difficult during the open surgery. In addition, surgery is associated with significant injuries to the surrounding tissues.
According to researches, minimally invasive interventions, such as radiofrequency ablation (thermal destruction of osteoid osteoma using a radio frequency), have the same effectiveness as an open surgery, and at the same time have a significantly lower degree of invasion. In addition, if necessary, it can be repeated and virtually 100% result achieved.
The radiological Service of the Tbilisi Central Hospital is one of the first in the field of osteoid-osteoma ablation and has considerable experience in this respect. During the procedure, high-quality materials are used that reduce injury to the surrounding tissues to a minimum level, and the radio frequency pulse generator provides ablation of the formation at a highly effective level.
This direction is headed by a doctor-radiologist Nikoloz Onashvili, a leading specialist who has spent many years of practice in leading clinics of Europe and Asia in the direction of diagnostic and interventional radiology.
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