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Radiofrequency Turbinate Ablation Safe
Very effective: Catheter-mediated radiofrequency ablation is the preferred therapy for treatment of accessory pathways (ap). The success rate rivals that of surgery, with a comparable or lower mortality and a lower acute morbidity. Numerous series have reported success rates of 90 to 95 percent, depending upon the location of the ap and the precision of localization of the pathway. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The more general term for the procedure is catheter ablation. In essence the abnormal tissue in the heart that is supporting or causing the arrhythmia can be destroyed by either burning it (radiofrequency ablation) or by freezing it (cryoablation). For many arrhythmias, this treatment is highly effective with cure rates approaching 100%. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No: There is minor discomfort from the initial puncture and during the course of getting the vein anesthetized. There should be no pain at all when the laser is running. People have varying amounts of bruising and discomfort after the procedure. This is almost never enough to interrupt regular activities. Laser ablation is much easier (both during the procedure and recovery) than surgical procedures s. ...Read more
What's the difference between catheter ablation and radiofrequency ablation for treating arrhythmias like svt?
General term: Catheter ablation is a general term referring to elimination of electrical conduction in very specific areas of the heart. Two primary technologies are used to perform catheter ablation. Radiofrequency energy is a rapidly alternating electrical current that generates heat at the point of catheter contact. Cryo ablation uses super cooled nitrogen to freeze at the point of of catheter contact. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
RFA vs EVLT: Both treatment are very effective. Evlt uses laser heat and rfa used radiofrequency heat. Rfa is associated with a little less pain & bruising after the procedure, but both treatment have minimal recovery time. Both are done in a doctors office and treat varicose vein disease associated with venous reflux. Radiofrequency ablation tends to be a little more expensive due the the cost of the device. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Definitive Control: We don't generally do this with surgery, but rather with a "catheter" based procedure (wire we thread into the heart that cauterizes the av node). This procedure provides complete control of the heart rate in the lower chamber and excellent symptom control, but makes people dependent on the pacemaker that *must* be implanted with this procedure. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Are epidural steroid injections, si joint, and radiofrequency ablation dangerous if given for years?
Yes and No: Osteoporosis after any sort of steroid exposure can occur. Usually this requires repeated chronic long term exposure after several years. Based on your age, unless you have previous exposure to oral steroids or have had significant exposure to epidural steroid injections i would not be too concerned yet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cardiologist does not use radio frequency procedures at all on anyone; only endovenous laser ablation treatment for varicose veins. Approach limited?
RF vs Laser: The use of RF or laser for endovenous closure procedures is a matter of choice of the treating physicians. Both do the job well and the long term results of both are very similar. I prefer laser over RF. Currently there are other options for closing veins including Varithena, Venaseal and Clarivein. I still prefer laser over all of them. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes.: Svt, (supraventricular tachycardia) is a short-circuit of the normal heart conduction pathways. Usually there is a small area that, if removed, would Prohibit the circuit from conducting and therefore block the svt. During ablation, a catheter is placed in this area of the heart, and the tip generates rf energy to scar the heart tissue in a small area, which prevents it from conducting electricity. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Risks of ablation: Mostly the risks are the same as for other procedures, including infection and bleeding, but also rhythm disturbances of the heart and the development of fluid around the heart. In addition, the risks for pacemakers include pneumothorax or the presence of air around the lung. These are usually safe procedures which are performed by trained cardiologists. ...Read more
Next week am undergoing endovenous radio frequency ablation closure procedure. Drs say its minimal pain. How minimal? Is it worse than an IV poke?
Pain should be minor: The pain from the procedure itself should be less than an IV placement. You will feel a slight sting and burn with the local anesthetic in several places, but otherwise it is usually very well tolerated. Pain after the procedure should also be minimal, and is usually along the lines of a pulled muscle sensation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Which is least invasive of rf procedures for the patient, re: venefit targeted endovenous therapy vs. Vnus closure system for varicose veins?
Safe not effective: Laser spine surgery simply means removing disc with a laser rather than manually. It is typically performed percutaneously. Although there are reported benefits, in order to state that it is effective, those benefits have to beat the placebo effect which is considerable. Most of the laser surgeries done are for disc bulge which doesn't need surgery in the first place. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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