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History of Ablation Therapies in Neurosurgery.

Laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) and high-intensity focused ultrasound thermal ablation are treatment options with great potential to treat glioblastoma, metastasis, epilepsy, essential tremor, and chronic pain. Results from recent studies show that LITT is a viable alternative to conventional surgical techniques in select patient populations. Although many of the bases for these treatments have existed since the 1930s, the most important advancement in these techniques has occurred in the last 15 years and the coming years hold much promise for these treatments.

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