Texoma Living Well Magazine May/June 2018 - Page 34

Radiofrequency ablation treatment now available for spinal tumors Minimally invasive technology, close to home A treatment system specifically used for treating painful tumors that have spread to the spine from cancer in other parts of the body is now available at TMC. Orthopedic Spine Surgeon and Chief of Staff at Texoma Medical Center Brian Rose, MD, FAAOS, says he has been treating patients for about six months. TexomaCare Neurosurgeon Michael Molleston, MD, says the treatment serves a dual Brian Rose, MD, Michael purpose.“Radiofrequency ablation enables us to FAAOS Molleston, MD Orthopedic & Neurosurgeon, treat tumors using a small incision. Once the tumor is Spine Surgeon TexomaCare destroyed, we strengthen and stabilize the spine by filling in the affected areas with a cement-like material. The procedure usually takes less than one hour and following a short time in recovery, patients can go home.” Dr. Rose states that the person’s pain level is greatly reduced. For older patients with other health conditions, the minimal side effects are a plus. This often allows the patient to proceed with radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy without severe pain. Enhancing