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What are the advantages and disadvantages of cardiac ablation?
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Dr. John Garner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. John Garner
Dr. John Garner
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Dr. Mark Rasak
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mark Rasak
Dr. Mark Rasak
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Dr. Andrew Kaplan
For many arrhythmias, the chance of cure is 99 % with ablation. Ablation is also much more cost effective than emergency room visits and hospitalizations. In capable hands, risks are low.
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