Minimally-Invasive Ablation Procedure?

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   Posted 5/12/2008 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I will be going in for testing next month to see if i am a candidate for what my cardio explained is a "minimally-invasive ablation" procedure. I'm doing this because I have extra heartbeats associated with atrial fibrillation. He told me that it would involve using a wire to go through a major artery in my thigh and essentially "burning" off pathways from my atria to ventricles ( if I'm recalling correctly). I've been trying to research ablation procedures online, but keep coming up with very different things than what he explained...things like open-heart operations, ones involving incisions in your side, and complete AV node ablations (which my doc ensured me was not what he was talking about).
So, if anyone has had this procedure before, i was hoping you could let me know your experiences, and if it ended up helping or not. Thanks!

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   Posted 5/13/2008 3:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Try researching Cardiac Cathether ablation. Thats what it sounds like. I work on a cardiac unit at and these almost always work. 100% success rate almost. You will be fine, a little sleepy after, and you will have to lie flat for atleast a few hours (4-12). Depending on how bad the a-fib is you may feel better as soon as it is done. You may not notice a difference besides lack of extra beats. You will have a very small inscision where they inserted the "wire" and will have to be careful of the wound for a few weeks. Dont forget its a major vessel, and you could bleed out if you do not listen to them, especially right after the procedure. Anyhow, try researching that, I think it will ease your concerns. It really is a pretty mild procedure.
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