Liver Tumor Ablation

UW Health Liver and Pancreas Surgeons in Madison, Wisconsin are experts in the surgical management of liver disorders.


Ablation is usually used for tumors of the liver called hepatocellular carcinoma, when the liver itself is diseased enough (usually with cirrhosis) that liver resection is unsafe.


Ablation can also be used with other types of liver tumors (metastatic colorectal cancer, hepatic adenoma, and other metastatic liver tumors) although this depends of the specifics of the particular case.


A liver tumor ablation attempts to eliminate the liver tumor by killing the tumor cells without removing any of the liver. This can be done with a variety of techniques, most of which involve heat.


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 This procedure can be performed percutaneously (using guidance from x-rays alone), laparoscopically, or open depending on the specifics of the case.