Thermoablation of Renal Tumors

  • Roshan M. Patel
  • Kamaljot S. Kaler
  • Zhamshid Okhunov
  • Jaime LandmanEmail author


In the past several decades, there has been a growing trend in the utilization of minimally invasive treatment options aimed at decreasing the morbidity associated with surgical extirpation of renal tumors. Thermoablation is one such minimally invasive option that has emerged as an alternative treatment for the management of small renal masses. In contemporary practice, this is typically performed using either cryoablation or radiofrequency ablation. Now with long-term data demonstrating similar oncological outcomes to that of surgical extirpation, the role of ablative therapy will most certainly expand in the coming years. Additionally, repeat ablation after primary treatment failure is a reasonable treatment approach with promising medium-term outcomes. In this chapter, we will describe patient selection, surgical techniques, and perioperative outcomes of renal thermoablation. Additionally, we will summarize oncological outcomes and results of salvage cryoablation.


Kidney cancer Renal cell carcinoma Cryoablation Radiofrequency ablation Radiation Minimally invasive Ultrasonography Computed tomography Laparoscopy Percutaneous 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roshan M. Patel
    • 1
  • Kamaljot S. Kaler
    • 1
  • Zhamshid Okhunov
    • 1
  • Jaime Landman
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of UrologyUniversity of California, IrvineIrvineUSA

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