What is the Cardiac Heart Ablation Surgery (Procedure)?

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What is the risk for a 87 year young man
Heart Ablation Surgery is relatively safe .
Surgery risk: 1. Hemorrhage, thromboembolism, 2. Arteriovenous fistula and pseudoaneurysm, 3 Vascular vagus reflex, cardiac arrest 4. Recurrence,5. Unpredictable risk,considering the age.
I'll suggest to discuss with the medical team, get to know how many similar cases the team has handled and how the outcome was, for the experience of the team is an important factor of a sucessful abalation.

When your heart beats in an irregular rhythm, doctors do cardiac ablation.

Cardiac ablation procedures are done in a hospital by cardiologists, technicians and nurses.

You will be given medicine (a sedative) before the procedure to help you relax.

  • The skin on your neck, arm, or groin will be cleaned well and made numb with an anesthetic.
  • Next, the doctor will make a small cut in the skin.
  • A small, flexible tube (catheter) will be inserted through this cut into one of the blood vessels in the area. The doctor will use live x-ray images to carefully guide the catheter up into your heart. 
  • Sometimes more than one catheter is needed.

Once the catheter is in place, your doctor will place small electrodes in different areas of your heart.

  • These electrodes are connected to monitors that allow the cardiologist to tell what area in your heart is causing problems with your heart rhythm. In most cases, there are one or more specific areas.
  • Once the source of the problem has been found, one of the catheter lines is used to send electrical (or sometimes cold) energy to the problem area.
  • This creates a small scar that causes the heart rhythm problem to stop.

Catheter ablation is a long procedure. It can last 4 or more hours. During the procedure your heart will be monitored closely. A health care provider may ask you if you are having symptoms at different times during the procedure. Symptoms you may feel are:

  • A brief burning when medicines are injected
  • A faster or stronger heartbeat
  • Lightheadedness
  • Burning when the electrical energy is used

I had it, the abalation, I had the Supraventricular tachycardia.

I was asked to eat or drink nothing by 8 pm the previous night. The next morning I was sent to a room, I saw my doctor, the anesthesiologist, the nurses. They put me on a table, I was undressed, covered with cloth. They put me on IV, but I was awake all the time.

So they disinfect the skin in my groin area, apply anesthetic on the skin. Then they made a small cut, I sensed they were doing something, but there wasn't pain. So they insert a tube into the blood vessel, artery or vein, I don't remember. They can see the tube moving in the blood vessel because there's an X-ray machine always on. It's no pain when the tube moves, but it felt piercing when the tube entered the heart. Then my heart couldn't stop beating, I went to 150 bpm so they gave me medicine. The med worked really fast, guess it's directly injected into the heart, that's why. Then they use the electricity to stimulate the heart. That felt painful, like big punches directly to the heart. They did a few times, until my heart beat until 230 bpm. The doctor said that's it. Then they burned it, the nerve, or whatever. After that they remove the tube and put heavy bag on top of the cut to stop the blood.

I was sent to ICU. A few hours later I had severe vomitting. Jesus, like my organ was gonna come out. They gave me a shot. I fell asleep. The next morning I woke up fine, had some foods, and was sent to my ward. I went home in two days.

That's it.

Thanks for sharing your experience.