I had an unsuccessful cryoablation August 2017 which also unfortunately left me with a phrenic nerve injury, resulting in my right diaphragm being paralysed - therefore no air going in or out of my right lung.
I saw my EP this week who has put me on his priority list for a heat ablation. My last ablation was halted on the 4th vein because they said my phrenic nerve was floating in and out of view (at that point they didn't know they had already damaged it ) and they were fearful of damaging the nerve.
I asked the EP how they could be sure they wouldn't further damage my phrenic nerve with the heat ablation and he said because they don't go anywhere near it with heat ablations. I was always of the opinion that either ablation could involve being close to the phrenic nerve and am now very confused and dare I say feeling mistrust in my surgeon. Although in his favour he was actually mentioned in the Daily Mail this week as being one of the top heart surgeons by his colleagues. He said he will make sure that he will personally do my procedure this time and not his team as he deals with the more complex patients.
He also said because of my phrenic nerve injury he won't use a tube down the throat for my anaesthetic. I stressed that I must be totally asleep for the procedure as I would be too anxious otherwise and he promised me I would. Also regarding the phrenic nerve injury at first he said it would heal in a few weeks, it didn't, then when I saw him again he said within a year - now he is saying two years!
I'm just wondering what other people think. I am so unsure of having the procedure done but feel I between a rock and a hard place as I get very debilitating episode of AF every 6 days lasting for 2 /3 days at a time and life is just so miserable during these episodes. In between I feel absolutely fine.