Freezing Kidney Tumors

Cryotherapy offers safer, less-invasive alternative to kidney removal.

At Henry Ford, our team offers several treatment options for kidney cancer. For certain patients with smaller kidney tumors, we may recommend cryoablation, which destroys the tumor by freezing it.

Members of our cancer team are available 24/7. Call us at: (888) 777-4167

What is cryoablation?

Cryoablation is a procedure that ablates – or destroys – small kidney tumors using thermal energy to freeze them. This nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure offers several advantages, including:

  • An alternative treatment to removal of your entire kidney
  • A success rate of more than 90% for removing the cancer
  • Quicker return to normal activity and work
  • No surgical incision; small needles are inserted to deliver treatment

Am I a candidate for cryoablation?

You may be a candidate for cryoablation to your freeze kidney tumors, if you have:

How does cryoablation work?

Before cryoablation is performed, our team will take images of your kidney and the tumor using CT, MRI or ultrasound. These images allow our team to map out a roadmap for how to safely destroy your kidney tumor with cryoablation.

For the procedure, our interventional radiology team will insert a cryoablation probe, similar to a needle, through your skin and into the tumor. Cold, thermally conductive fluids are circulated through the probe to freeze and destroy the tumor.

After your procedure, you may need to spend the night in the hospital for observation. If part of the tumor is still on your kidney, you may need a follow-up procedure.

As follow up to your procedure, your doctor will arrange regular checkups and X-rays.

Connect with our Cancer Team 24/7

Call us at (888) 777-4167

Schedule Appointment Online

If this is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department.

For your safety, please select a MyChart video visit on demand or call our MyCare Advice Line at 844-262-1949 before scheduling if:

  • You currently have a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In the past 21 days, you have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • In the past 14 days, you have had contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19
  • You are experiencing a new loss of taste and/or sense of smell
  • If you have experienced two or more of the following symptoms in the last 3 days:
    • fever
    • chills
    • drenching sweats
    • new cough
    • shortness of breath
    • body aches
    • headache
    • sore throat
    • runny nose or nasal congestion
    • nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

Henry Ford Health System is committed to ensuring our Deaf or hard-of-hearing patients and visitors have equal access to all services. We provide the appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including qualified sign language interpreters, TTYs and other assistive listening devices, at no cost. To request assistance, call 313-916-1896 or email

Schedule Appointment for