What is a varicocele?
A varicocele is a varicose vein of the testicle and scrotum that may cause pain and shrinking of the testicles. In healthy veins of the scrotum, a one-way valve allows blood to flow from the testicles and scrotum back to the heart. In a varicocele, the one-way valve has failed resulting in pooled blood and enlarged veins around the testicle.
What is Varicocele Embolization?
The enlarged veins found in a varicocele can be treated using embolization. In embolization a small tube called a catheter is inserted in the groin area...
Tumor Microwave Ablation
What is tumor microwave ablation?
Tumor microwave ablation is a procedure that uses microwave energy to destroy cancer cells. Microwave ablation is used to treat tumors of the liver and some other tumors including bone tumors.
How is tumor microwave ablation done?
A needle-like microwave antenna will be placed inside with the tumor, more than one applicator may be used depending on the tumor size and location. Dr. Christenson will use ultrasound and other x-ray imaging to guide the antenna(s) to the treatment site. Once the antenna is in the correct...
Y-90 Radiotherapy for Liver Tumors
What is Yttrium-90 (Y-90) Radiotherapy?
Y-90 Radiotherapy is a special procedure that is done to treat tumors in your liver. In this type of treatment, tiny radioactive beads are injected into the vessels that supply your liver tumor with blood. The tiny beads will stay in the blood vessels around your tumor and allow radiation to reach the tumor(s) directly. Because these beads are delivered directly to your tumor, there is very little effect on the healthy parts of your liver or other tissues around your liver. The beads will put off radiation...