I am headed towards having an ablation in the near future. In meeting with my EP this morning to discuss the procedure...risks...etc associated with a catheter ablation, he told me I had the option of a thoracic ablation. Ultimate goal is the same- to cauterize the electrical nodes in the pulmonary veins in the left atrium and permanenty stop the Afibs. Success rate is the same as for a catheter ablation (he says 60%). However, the procedurte is done by a surgeon and is done through two small incisions between the ribs. One benefit over the catheter ablation, according to him, is that the reputedly unneccesary left atrial appendage, where a blood clot associated with Afibs would form, can be removed. This would negative the need for cumadin in the future if the afibs returned or even became permanent. Also negates the need for cumadin for 4 weeks before the procedure and two months after. Has anyone had this procedure and how did it work out? In particular, anyone in the Seattle area? Thanks.
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