Heart Oblation

Heart Ablation

Heart Ablation

Heart oblation is a medical procedure used to treat heart arrhythmias of different kinds. Correctly spelled heart ablation the procedure is much less invasive than open heart surgery. Results have been good and many report very little discomfort before, during, and after the surgery.

Many know the term heart oblation from religious training, especially in the Catholic religion. The term is a solemn offering or presentation to God, and the term oblate refers to a people who devote themselves or their children to a monastical devotion to God. Neither of those terms apply here.

The procedure is performed by a very skilled doctor. A catheter is inserted into the leg or neck or the patient and a very special wire inside the catheter is guided through the femoral vein (big vein in your leg) or the carotid vein (big vein in the neck) to the heart.

Before the insertion of the catheter a dye is injected to allow the doctor to “see” the pathway to the heart so he can guide the wire with special electrodes or endings into the proper are of the heart. The doctor will use Xray to aid in the surgery as well. Once at the heart, the doctor will hone in on specific areas of the heart and use the wire to oblate the area.

The method most used is radiofrequency oblation and in non technical terms, it is basically scarring the heart with heat. The scarring blocks the path of mutant electrical signals that are causing the heart problems. The oblation may occur in more than one spot and the doctor is usually aware of the areas that need attention. However, sometimes, when they get into the heart they find one of the areas may not need to be treated.

The heart ablation surgery can take as little as 30 minutes but usually more like 4 to 6 hours. It is done under local anesthesia which many times allows the patient to go home the same day after a short observation period. There are some that do stay the night all of which depends on your health, how you react to the surgery, and other factors that your doctor will study and make a decision.

Total recovery can be 2 months to 6 months in most cases. At that time you may be able to do activities you weren’t able to do before. Be sure to follow your doctors instructions to keep your rehab progressing as expected. Many times after the surgery the patient will be able to discontinue the medications they were taking for their heart problem. The heart ablation surgery has a high success rate but sometimes another procedure is necessary

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