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Ablation

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I have been to Wythenshaw hospital, Regarding finding out if going to do a Ablation, they have offered me A Cryo-PVI has anyone had this one done? and is it as good as the other Ablations? got up to 4 month waiting time, could be earlier,

Suzy

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Why not go to the AFAssociation website and look at the fact sheets on ablation.? Cryo is very good for simple PVI where no other areas of the heart are firing off but has limitations. If your EP thinks that your AF is simple and only the four pulmonary veins are firing then it could be the right approach for you. Should they find additional areas affected then you may need a second RF ablation to deal with these at a later date. Many people get very good results from one cryo ablation.

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Hi Bob,

thank you for your help, they have offered me both, so I asked what they thought was the best one to have, and they said they have had a lot of Success with the Cryo so think that is the best one to have, their is a bit of a waiting list so wont be until after Christmas now,

so hoping it works, Suzy

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Hi Suzy I had Cryo PVI done approx 18 months ago & have had excellent results so far AFib free

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Hi Juls Glad it has worked for you, how wonderful to be AF free hope i will be the same cant wait to get of some of the tablets, thank you for letting me know,

Suzy

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Hello Suzy, good news, but if it were me I would enquire further regarding the PVI success rate, and who would be doing it. The discussion I have just had with my EP, is that the success rate was less than 50%, it was an uncomfortable experience, and that he would not recommend it. Now, that may have been for my particular case, but, as with everything, I would research thoroughly, and make your decision on as much measured information as you can. You have time, so good luck..

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Hi yes i will enquire further but i have been told they are almost the same except one is burn and the other one by freezing but they both go in the Groin, which is a bit uncomfortable at first, but thank you for Advice

Suzy

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I was told that PVI cryoablation was more than 80% successful when used to treat PAF. Certainly worked for me. A much quicker procedure than RF ablation.

Peter

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Hi Peter,

thank you for letting me know glad it has worked well for you,

Suzy

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Hi Suzy

I had a PVI cryoablation back in January. Quality of life has been astronomically improved. I really don't see how your EP could assess this process as any more or less comfortable than a radio-frequency alternative as the two processes access the heart in much the same way as far as I am aware.

There is a small risk of phrenic nerve damage, but the procedure should include a pacing process to monitor the functionality of your phrenic nerve throughout the procedure and if there are issues, they will stop at this point.

The two main differences are that the cryo process uses freezing to create scar tissue, not burning and also the cryo process is specific and only isolates the pulmonary veins and does nothing to isolate other potential nodes.

So if your AF originates entirely from your pulmonary veins - job done!

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Thank you :-) Glad it has worked for you, hoping it will do the same for me i am so fed up at the moment as feeling worn out the Fatigue is awful for me at the moment so thank you again for your help,

Suzy

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