Ablation therapy is a type of minimally invasive procedure doctors use to destroy abnormal tissue that occurs with many conditions. For example, your doctor may use an ablation procedure to treat a small kidney tumor or to destroy (ablate) a small amount of heart tissue that's causing abnormally rapid heart rhythms.

Doctors may perform ablation therapy using probes inserted through the skin, flexible tubes (catheters) inserted through an artery or energy beams to reach the area being treated. Imaging techniques are used to guide the ablation. The abnormal tissue is injured or destroyed with 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. You may have a shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery after ablation therapy compared with open surgery. Talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of ablation therapy and whether it's an appropriate treatment option for you.

  • Experience and expertise. Ablation therapy involves a wide range of complex procedures that require highly skilled physicians. Mayo Clinic experts have extensive experience with these techniques. The depth of experience helps doctors provide exactly the care you need.
  • Teamwork. Mayo Clinic doctors trained in many specialties are trained in ablation therapy. Doctors collaborate to offer coordinated care.
  • Advanced technology and research. People undergoing ablation therapy at Mayo Clinic benefit from Mayo's advanced technology. In addition, Mayo Clinic researchers are committed to developing and sharing new techniques and evaluating their effectiveness.

At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical institution that reinvests all earnings into improving medical practice, research and education. We're constantly involved in innovation and medical research, finding solutions to improve your care and quality of life. Your doctor or someone on your medical team is likely involved in research related to your condition.

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care — and trusted answers — like they've never experienced.

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What Sets Mayo Clinic Apart

Doctors trained in imaging (radiologists) and other specialties perform ablation therapy. Mayo Clinic doctors help people with a wide variety of conditions using several types of ablation therapy, including:

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people. In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Specialists trained in imaging (radiologists) perform ablation therapy. Radiologists work with doctors trained in cardiovascular diseases, gynecology, urology, and hematology and oncology.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 800-446-2279 (toll-free) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Specialists trained in imaging (radiologists) perform ablation therapy. Radiologists work with doctors trained in cardiovascular diseases, surgical gynecology, urology, and hematology and oncology.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 904-953-0853 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Specialists trained in imaging (radiologists) perform ablation therapy. Radiologists work with doctors trained in oncology, cardiovascular diseases, obstetrics and gynecology, and urology.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 507-538-3270 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

See information on patient services at the three Mayo Clinic locations, including transportation options and lodging.

Mayo Clinic doctors develop and test many types of ablation therapy to treat a wide range of conditions.

See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic doctors on ablation therapy on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Feb. 12, 2015