Treatment of osseous metastases using the Spinal Tumor Ablation with Radiofrequency (STAR) system

Yuntong Ma, Adam N. Wallace, Thomas P. Madaelil, Jack W. Jennings

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Introduction: Percutaneous ablation is an emerging, minimally invasive therapy for patients with osseous metastases who have not responded or have contraindications to radiation therapy. Goals of therapy are pain relief, and in some cases, prevention of local tumor progression. Areas covered: The epidemiology, pathophysiology, natural history, and traditional management of metastatic bone disease are reviewed. Novel features of the Spinal Tumor Ablation with Radiofrequency (STAR) System (DFINE, San Jose, CA) that facilitate treatment of osseous metastases are described, including the bipolar electrode, extensible distal tip that can be curved up to 90°, and inclusion of thermocouples that enable real-time monitoring of the ablation zone volume. Lastly, research evaluating the safety and efficacy of using this device to treat musculoskeletal metastases is summarized. Expert commentary: Although evidence supporting the efficacy of RFA for the treatment of bone metastases is limited to case series, it is a reasonable therapy when other options have been exhausted, especially given the safety and minimal morbidity of the procedure. The STAR Tumor Ablation System has expanded the anatomic scope of bone metastases that can be safely and effectively treated with percutaneous ablation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1137-1145
Number of pages9
JournalExpert Review of Medical Devices
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Bone metastases
  • cementoplasty
  • pain palliation
  • radiofrequency ablation
  • tumor ablation


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