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Laser ablation

I went into hospital for a cryoablation on Friday but was told afterwards that I had had a laser ablation as it carries less risks and is a simpler procedure. Also if I do need a second ablation the success rate is greater. Feel fine...a bit of an ache in the chest and did have Afib episode last night for a few hours. Hopefullythis is quite normal. Anyone else had a laser ablation?

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Isn't this the standard RF ablation - hot instead of cold? If so, it's what I had. Cryoablation uses a balloon and it would not have worked for me as the balloon would have been too small for the conjoined veins entering my heart. 25% of people are similarly plumbed. Cryoablation is relatively new.

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No ...laser ablation does use a balloon.

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Thought cryoablation was the easy one and radio frequency more complicated?

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If you read the AF Association ablation booklet it covers laser ablation. Quite a new type procedure and ALWAYS requires GA so patient can't move in case of colateral damage.

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Well didn't have GA...was sedated. Procedure carried out by Dr,Stephen Murray ...very experienced..at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle..heart specialist centre. Weird that I didn't have GA then.

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OK it was about two years ago that I helped prepare the booklet and time races.

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I hope things have changed!!

Thanks.

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When I first read this post I googled Laser Ablation and it looked you might have had your ablation carried out at some futuristic engineering establishment!! After further investigation I found this report which makes interesting reading:

newcastle-hospitals.org.uk/...

Will be interesting to hear how you progress, please keep us informed and good luck.....

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Interesting but I did not 'volunteer for this so probably need to explore a bit further why I was given a laser ablation when I thought that I was go in to have a cryoablation.

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I was told the opposite that cryoblation was safer than rf

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I didn't have an RF ablation....I had a LASER ablation . I am asking if anyone else has had this procedure. It I'd not RF and is not Cryo .

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