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Radiofrequency ablation for hemangioma

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I am a 22 year old female I have hemangioma on my right face since birth. I've had four sessions of radiofrequency ablation. My hemangioma got better immediately after the first session. It lost its color and it got smaller. But after my last radiofrequency ablation, I didnt felt any improvement. My right upper lip still feels numb after 11 months of session. Unlike before, it goes back to normal. My doctor said I should have a 5th session before a the big surgery. I dont know if i should still have the 5th session. The doctor told me about the risk that its not impossible for my nerves to be damaged. I'm really scared. Right now i cant smile the same way i did before because my lips still feels numb. Any opinion with what i should do? Thank you

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replied October 28th, 2017
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There are always risks associated with every medical and surgical procedure. Locally invasive procedures like radio frequency ablation can lead to nerve damage especially the Trigeminal nerve in this regard. it depends upon the extent aof the lesion and the expertise of the person performing the procedure. if you are afraid of the consequences of this procedure and have had adverse effects from the previous radiofrequency ablation session then you should consult for a second opinion regarding the surgical procedure

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