What are the advantages and disadvantages of cardiac ablation?

Short List. Advantages: potential permanent fix no need for lifetime meds (often) feeling of "doing something about it" disadvantages: expensive if you pay in cash carries procedural risks requires time off work (but not much) may require repeat procedure very competent doctor often required to get best results and avoid inadvertent damage. Not all doctors ablate with equal skill (much the same as surgeons).
Risk/reward. Ablation is an invaisive form of treatment for arrythmias. If successful it could cure the problem and this would obviate the need for pills. The risk is infection , perforation, need for repeat sugery, and possible need for a pacemker after the surgery.

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How successful is cardiac ablation?

Depends on… For avnrt and avrt (the latter also called wolf parkinson white) the success rate can be as high as 98%. The same can also be true for typical (right atrial) atrial flutter. Atrial tachycardias in expert hands can be as successful as 85%, even if of a complicated type. Ventricular tachycardias are a much more diverse group, and more info would be needed to give a good answer. Read more...

Cardiac ablation question. When do you need it?

Recurrent arrhythmia. If one has recurrent fast heart beat or irregular heart beat ( svt, afib etc) and symptomatic, cardiac ablation may be needed if medications could not control the rate and rhythm. Read more...
When you... Generally, these three answers suffice: when you don't want to take meds forever when the symptoms aren't sufficiently better with meds when the condition (such as typical atrial flutter) is eminently treatable with minimal risk. Read more...

What can I expect when going in for a cardiac ablation?

To feel better. On a more serious note, you will lay flat on a special table and be draped with a sterile sheet. Your groin will be injected with medicine to numb the skin. Your doctor will usually give you some mild sedation to make you comfortable. During the procedure you may feel palpitations and occasionally some chest or shoulder discomfort. When it's done you wil have to lay flat for a few hours. Read more...

How many nurses must be present during a cardiac ablation?

Usually one. There is usually one nurse and one or two technicians along with the doctor who is performing the procedure. Read more...
Zero. But generally speaking, we recommend at least two. One is generally recording and the other is assisting the electrophysiologist. Read more...

Has anyone had success with the cardiac ablation procedure?

Lots. Cardiac ablations are highly successful procedures to help manage and sometimes cure cardiac dysrhythmias. The key is to find a really good ep doc. Read more...
I Have. I do this for a living and generally speaking, we're very successful. Success rates depend on your specific condition, and the expertise of your electrophysiologist [ep]. Like anything else there are good ones and... Less so. In competent hands, success rates should be 85-98% for svts and 50-90% for vts, depending on the circumstances and what measures are taken at the time of the procedure. Read more...

What are some possible complications of a cardiac ablation?

Partial List. It depends on the procedure. There are many ablations and the risks are determined by what structures we're near in the procedure. Pain at catheter insertion site bleeding cardiac perforation risk of pacemaker stroke damage to coronary arteries damage to heart valves good news: the risk of major complications is usually < 4%, *often* <1% w/ an excellent md and the risk of dying is usu < 1:1000. Read more...

What dosage of Sotololwould you recommend after cardiac ablation. Taking 80mg twice day at present?

Post op ablation. That is a good question!!
1) your cardiologist should have told you whether you should or should not be on sotalol post op.
2) The ablation should be the final solution (I assume you had PAF or SVT issues), so in theory, you should not need to be on sotalol.
3) 80mg twice a day is quite a big dose for your age as can cause dizziness (hypotension) and significant bradycardia (slow Heart rate) Read more...

What is a cardiac ablation? Is it safe?

Yes, reasonably safe. Cardiac ablation is a procedure that cardiac electrophysiologist use to burn out some extra pathway where the heart's electrical current might initiate erratically. The physician needs to do cardiac mapping and find out where is the possible source of extra firing source of the electrical current. Md then burn them out with freezing burn. Under good hands it is relatively safe, 1% complication. Read more...
Generally, yes. The major complication rate for simple ablations is <1% in expert hands. Even for complex ablations, the major complication rate is usually <4%. Read more...
Ablation. it is usually relatively safe provided that an expert with experience doing it/ Read more...