Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) - NanoKnife
Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) uses a long, needlelike probe known as a NanoKnife to deliver high-voltage bursts of electricity to tumors. The procedure is minimally invasive. There is no "open" surgery so it is less likely than surgery to leave scar tissue. Some people even go home from the hospital the same day.
- The procedure generally takes place in a hospital setting. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia.
- The probes are positioned precisely through very small incisions in the skin. The positioning is determined by a CT Scanner or ultrasound device.
- The electrical pulses make tiny holes in the walls of cancer cells which causes the cells to die.
- After treatment, the cancer cells are removed by the body's immune system.
There is very low risk for damage to nearby nerves, blood vessels or organs.