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Radiofrequency-Targeted Vertebral Augmentation and Ablation


Baylor Scott & White Health now offers your patients radiofrequency-targeted vertebral augmentation and ablation technology to eliminate spinal tumors and repair painful spinal fractures.


This investment in the latest minimally invasive technology will help you improve your patients’ quality of life by providing fast pain relief and enhance spinal stability.


Radiofrequency-targeted vertebral augmentation and ablation technology is now available at the following Baylor Scott & White locations:

  • Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
  • Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Irving
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano


How Can Radiofrequency-Targeted Vertebral Augmentation Help Your Patient?

Patients with spinal fractures usually experience a significant amount of pain and a compromised ability to enjoy normal activities of daily living.


Using specially designed equipment to perform radiofrequency-targeted vertebral augmentation, physicians on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White can provide your patients with rapid pain relief, significantly shorter recovery times and a faster return to normal activities.

  • The minimally invasive technique is proven, safe and effective.
  • It is typically performed as an outpatient procedure that requires a small incision and local anesthesia.
  • The specially designed system enables the surgeon to safely enter the fractured vertebra and create a small space within the fracture that is filled with quick drying bone cement, resolving the fracture and stabilizing the spine.
  • The entire procedure generally takes 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Studies show lower extravasation rates than vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty.


Radiofrequency-Targeted Tumor Ablation

Metastatic spinal tumors can be extremely painful and debilitating for the patient. Tumor ablation is a minimally invasive treatment approach that gives the spine specialist maximum control to provide palliation of vertebral body tumors.


Targeted radiofrequency ablation uses radiofrequency energy to destroy tumor cells and aid in the palliative response that can be used in conjunction with radiation. Patients generally experience rapid and durable pain relief.

  • The system used by interventional radiologists on the medical staff of Baylor Scott & White was specifically designed to treat metastatic spinal tumors.
  • A specially-designed component of the system enables the surgeon to access the tumor through a small incision and precisely target the delivery of RF energy to provide palliation at the site of the tumor.
  • Temperature sensors located within the minimally invasive surgical equipment continuously provide the surgeon with real-time information about the progress of tumor ablation for added safety.
  • The entire procedure usually takes less than 60 minutes to complete and is completed using local anesthesia.


To schedule a patient for treatment, call:

  • 214-820-3144 for Baylor Dallas
  • 817-922-2222 for Baylor Scott & White – Fort Worth
  • 817-329-2501 for Baylor Scott & White – Grapevine
  • 972-579-4314 for Baylor Scott & White – Irving
  • 469-814-2607 for Baylor Scott & White – Plano

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