Published online Oct 27, 2014. doi: 10.4254/wjh.v6.i10.704
Revised: June 17, 2014
Accepted: June 29, 2014
Published online: October 27, 2014
Core tip: The aim of this review is to describe the basic principles, results in terms of safety and efficacy, and recent advancements in laser ablation (LA). This mini-invasive technique is a less known and few employed procedure as compared to radiofrequency ablation (RFA). However, according to published studies LA is as safe and effective as RFA. In the review the technique and potential advantages of LA are described. Our ambition is to provide the hepatologists, and other physicians, with an updated approach to this ablative technique.