Ablation therapy is a kind of procedure doctors utilise to destroy abnormal tissue that occurs with many conditions.
For instance, your doctor may use an ablation procedure to treat a small kidney tumor or to ablate (kill) a small amount of heart tissue causing abnormally rapid heart rythms.
Doctors may perform albation therapy using probes that are inserted through the skin, flexible tube (catheters) inserted through an artery or energy beams to reach the area being treated.
Imaging techniques can also be used to guide the ablation process.
The abnormal tissue is injured or destroyed with
- heat (radiofrequency ablation),
- extreme cold (croablation),
- lasers or a chemical.