Ablation is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that separates or detaches tissue growths from the body in heart conditions, blood vessel conditions, uterine conditions and some cancers.
Ablation scars the surface tissue to promote healing.
Types of techniques
There are a variety of techniques for ablation: radio frequency, electrical energy, lasers, or hot and cold liquids.
Radiofrequency ablation uses a catheter to deliver unmodulated high-frequency current. This destroys the issue and causes scar tissue to form over the surgical area. A similar catheter technique is used with electrical energy, lasers and hot and cold liquids. The type of ablation varies based on the tissue structure.
Uses of ablation
Ablation is used in several different ways: Cardiac ablation uses catheters (long, flexible tubes) inserted through your groin to correct structural issues in the heart. Endometrial ablation can use hot liquid to sear the uterine wall to prevent excessive bleeding.
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