The targeted Radiofrequency Ablation (t-RFA) procedure using the STARTM Tumor Ablation System

Targeted therapy for fast, local tumor destruction
The targeted Radiofrequency Ablation (t-RFA) procedure using the  STAR Tumor Ablation System is a dramatic step forward in the treatment of painful metastatic spinal tumors.  t-RFA is a targeted therapy that has been developed exclusively to destroy cancerous tumors within the unique anatomy of the spine.

The t-RFA procedure is often performed in an outpatient setting using only conscious sedation, local anesthesia, and a small incision. The entire procedure typically takes less than 60 minutes to complete.

The t-RFA Procedure
The SpineSTAR™ Ablation Instrument, a component of the STAR System, is a small steerable device that enters the vertebra in a minimally invasive manner to deliver targeted radiofrequency (RF) energy to the tumor.

RF Energy heats and destroys metastatic tumor cells, while the STAR System monitors ablation zone growth in order to minimize patient risk.

 

Step 1

[STEP 1 IMAGE – ENTRY VERTEBRA w/TUMOR]


 



 

Step 2

[STEP 2 IMAGE – NAVIGATIONAL TIP]








Step 3

[STEP 3 IMAGE – RF ENERGY IMPACTING THE TUMOR]








Step 4

[STEP 4 IMAGE – EMPTY CAVITY POST ABLATION]









Patients undergoing radiofrequency ablation are subject to risks associated with surgery including complications from anesthesia/sedation, as well as bleeding, bruising, pain and infection. Additional complications could include: blood clots, collapsed lungs, and damage to normal tissue, nerves, the spinal cord or other structures resulting in injuries including paralysis.

The STAR Tumor Ablation System does not treat cancer.  It is indicated for palliative treatment (i.e., pain relief) in spinal procedures by ablation of metastatic malignant lesions in a vertebral body.

The STAR Tumor Ablation System is contraindicated for:
• lesions in the cervical levels of the spine.
• patients with pacemakers or other electronic implants.

Every patient is different.  Not every patient is a candidate for t-RFA.  You should discuss risks, benefits, and expectations of a procedure, including recovery time, with your physician.