Patient-reported outcomes after percutaneous renal ablation: Initial experience

Thomas D. Atwell, Georgianna G. Schultz, Bradley C. Leibovich, Grant D. Schmit, Stephen A. Boorjian, A. Nicholas Kurup, R. Houston Thompson, Kathleen J. Yost

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OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this study is to assess patient-reported outcomes after renal tumor ablation. MATERIALS AND METHODS. A retrospective review of a pilot quality initiative from February 2016 to April 2016 in our renal ablation practice was performed to assess outcomes after treatment. This included a total of 38 patients (mean age, 63 years; range, 39–83 years) undergoing renal ablation procedures. This pilot included the quantification of recovery, pain, physical well-being, interference with social activities, and physical function as reported by the patient, including measures obtained from the National Institutes of Health’s Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS). Such measures were obtained within 24 hours before ablation and days 1–7 and 30 after ablation. RESULTS. The mean numeric rating (0–10) pain scores at 1 and 2 days after treatment were 1.8 (SD, 2.3) and 2.6 (SD, 2.5). Similarly, mean scores for both overall physical well-being and social activities declined by less than 2 points in the days after ablation. PROMIS scales for physical function and social activities showed very little change from baseline. Nearly 50% of patients thought that they had completely recovered from the ablation on the day after treatment; this perception of recovery declined at days 3–5 and then increased to 89% at 30 days after ablation. CONCLUSION. This pilot study shows the feasibility of capturing patient-reported outcomes after renal ablation. Such information, particularly when collected from a broader patient population, will be valuable in providing a means to measure quality in the ablation practice and in improving patient education regarding treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)672-676
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2019


  • Ablation
  • Patient-reported outcomes
  • Renal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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