Ablation Therapy: Types, Procedures and Risks

Devanaboina Nagalakshmi*

Department of Biotechnology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

*Corresponding Author:
Devanaboina Nagalakshmi
Department of Biotechnology
Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
Andhra Pradesh, India
E-mail: [email protected]

Received: March 04, 2021; Accepted: March 18, 2021; Published: March 25, 2021

Citation: Nagalakshmi D (2021) Ablation Therapy: Types, Procedures and Risks. Endocrinol Metab Vol.5 No.2:e162.

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Ablation therapy may be a minimally invasive treatment option that's wont to destroy tumors and other abnormal tissues within the body. This procedure can use either freezing cold liquids or extremely popular liquids. It uses extremely high or low temperatures to destroy (ablate) abnormal tissue or tumors, or to treat other conditions. It's a minimally invasive procedure, meaning that it's going to be avoided open surgery. Ablation removes a layer or layers of tissue, unlike a surgical resection, which removes a whole organ or a part of it. Tissues are often destroyed by freezing it with cold liquids, or applying hot liquids to the world. Radiofrequency energy or electrical currents can also be applied to destroy the abnormal tissue.

Some of the more commonly used methods in ablation therapy includeDevanaboina

Microwave ablation

Usually, a skinny probe is inserted through a little incision within the skin. The location of the probe could also be guided by using ultrasound, Computerized Tomography (CT) or MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to locate the world to be treated. The tip of the probe releases microwaves to destroy the tissue.

High-energy radiofrequency ablation

This system is analogous to microwave ablation, only radiofrequency waves are used instead.

Thermal balloon ablation

A balloon is inserted into the body cavity and crammed with fluid heated to 190 degrees Fahrenheit.

Laser ablation

A laser could also be wont to treat skin discolorations or lesions.


A search or other device is inserted employing a thin needle or applied to tissue and super cooled to minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit with nitrogen or argon. The cold gas flows through the tip of the probe, causing ice crystals to make and destroy the tissue.

An ablation could also be performed to treat many sorts of medical conditions. A number of the foremost common procedures include

Catheter or cardiac ablation

A radiofrequency ablation or cryoablation is usually performed to treat a heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). The goal is to revive normal cardiac rhythm by destroying or scarring areas of the guts that cause the irregular heartbeats.

Endometrial ablation

Women who experience heavy menstrual bleeding may enjoy an ablation of the endometrium (the lining of the uterus). The procedure can stop or alleviate abnormal bleeding, but it's irreversible.

Ablation for cancer

Cancerous tumors of the kidneys, liver, and other organs could also be treated with cryoablation or other ablation techniques.


The procedure could also be performed during a hospital or outpatient facility. You'll be sedated before the procedure begins. A neighborhood of skin could also be shaved, if necessary, and disinfected. You’ll tend an area anesthetic to numb the world where the needle or catheter is going to be inserted. In some cases, a general anaesthetic is given, and therefore the patient isn't awake during the procedure. A needle puncture or small incision is formed in order that the probe or catheters are often inserted.

In the case of a catheter ablation, balloon catheters are going to be inserted into a vessel, usually within the groin area, forearm or neck. It's then threaded through the vessel until it reaches the guts. Imaging could also be used therefore the tip of the probe or catheter are often viewed while it's being placed.

The length of the procedure can vary, counting on the sort of ablation or the condition being treated. Catheter ablation generally takes three to 6 hours.


Benefits of ablation therapy include a shorter recovery time compared to open surgery, less bleeding and minimal risk.

Some procedures could also be performed under local anaesthesia, during which the patients remain awake. Usually, open surgery isn't required, so recovery times are shorter. A patient could also be discharged an equivalent day, or require only short period of hospitalization. Ablation therapy doesn't damage the encompassing healthy tissue. It is often repeated if necessary. Ablation therapy is often used alongside other sorts of therapy, like chemotherapy or drug therapy.


The risks of ablation therapy will vary counting on the precise procedure that's used and therefore the severity of the underlying condition. Generally, ablation therapy is sort of safe and therefore the risk is minimal. Complications of ablation may include

• Bleeding from the puncture site


• Scarring

• Damage to blood vessels

Stroke or attack


An ablation procedure won't always be effective or won't be the simplest option for treating a specific condition. You will get to continue taking medication, albeit the procedure is successful.

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