if you are planning on having an ablation in the next few days, I suggest you do not read this.
I did a sort of personal survey to keep my morale up when I first got here a year ago concerning my own ablation (in March 16) and put down all the names I found in posts reporting successful ablation.
I now checked my list after one year and found that very few still are AF free and can claim a successful ablation. I found BobD of course, and Japaholic. Besides ihm , there is Beta 44 left on my list and SRM Grandma. Cannot find pip-pip and SweetA or GregNdonette?
A lot of the rest, for ex. Barb, lallym, CDreamer, Missyj55 are back in AF.
So how can doctors claim success rates of 75 to 95%?
I DO understand that people are more likely to come back here and "complain" when in AF again. But most people stayed here for some time after ablation, or came back in between for a message, so what would have happened with success would be at the utmost that I could not find them.
Just four successes (and BobD had to be cardioverted 4 times after ablation for tachycardia, so does that count as success?)
For me success would mean nor more AF plus no new trouble like a lot of ectopics f.ex.
So four people of this whole forum over years and still ablation is very much recommended here. I want to understand, so can someone please explain to me. If those numbers were put before me in any other context I’d say do not do this thing, whatever it is.