A type of minimally invasive procedure used to remove abnormal tissue that occurs with some heart conditions, blood vessel (vascular) conditions, reproductive conditions and cancer.
Doctors may perform procedures using catheters inserted through an artery. Imaging techniques are usually used to guide ablation. Doctors injure or destroy (ablate) abnormal tissue using heat (radiofrequency ablation), extreme cold (cryoablation), lasers or a chemical.
Ablation therapy may spare healthy tissue and lower the risks and discomforts of open surgery. Patients may have a shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery compared to open surgery.