There seem to be a LOT of naysayers here against ablations. I don't know if it is rationalization due to fear or due to denial of one by a sub par healthcare system.
But the truth is, The average 1st ablation is 60% of the time a CURE (i.e. AF is gone for LIFE) and 85% of 2nd ones are.
Even "unsuccessful" ablations can be very beneficial. Example:
I had an ablation. I went 17 months being 100% AF free afterwards, and was 100% back to normal the very next day. It suddenly came back out of the blue, in the middle of the afternoon, just watching TV in my recliner (I had not even been drinking). I had a successful cardioversion. Two mos. later, AF came back. I had another successful cardio. A month later, AF came back. I had another successful cardio. 2 weeks later, AF came back. Then I had a successful 2nd ablation 2 weeks after that. That was 17 mos. ago.
So if my AF ever comes back again (meaning 2nd ablation was "unsuccessful"), I STILL had a long period of living a perfectly normal life, doing whatever I want, eating whatever I want, and DRINKING as much as I want w/o any worry.
So who is going to argue an ablation is not worth having, because it is "only" 60-85% successful, and when unsuccessful, you have "only" many, many months being AF free???
Seems like a day and a half of you time is worth anywhere from many, many months to forever of FULL AF relief.