How many catheters are used in an ablation?

How many catheters are used in an ablation?

The Procedure In some cases, you may be put to sleep by an anesthesiologist. After the medication has taken effect, your doctor will numb an area in your groin and make a small hole in your skin. Then, the doctor will place three or four catheters through blood vessels to your heart to help guide the procedure.

How big is the catheter for an ablation?

Ablation catheters deliver RF energy through tips that are typically 3.5 to 5 mm in length but may be as long as 10 mm. Catheters delivering microwave, laser, cryothermal, or pulsed-ultrasound energy to destroy tissue are currently under active investigation.

Which vein is used for catheter ablation?

Catheter ablation of left-sided atrial arrhythmias generally is performed using a transfemoral venous approach through the inferior vena cava (IVC).

Where do they insert catheter for ablation?

The catheter may be inserted in your groin, your shoulder or your neck. The health care provider inserts the catheter through a blood vessel into your heart. More than one catheter is often used. The catheters may be inserted through a blood vessel in your groin (most common), shoulder or neck (less common).

Where is catheter inserted for ablation?

Where do they enter groin for ablation?

Ablation procedure Intravenous lines will be placed in a vein at the top of the right thigh in the groin area through which catheters will be passed and positioned in the heart. Rarely, a vein in the neck may also be required to access the heart.

What kind of doctor performs cardiac ablation?

Cardiac ablation is performed by heart specialists (cardiologists) with special training in heart rhythm disorders (electrophysiologists). Mayo Clinic has one of the largest cardiac ablation practices, with skilled electrophysiologists working in the Electrophysiology Laboratory.

Which is better ablation or pacemaker?

Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a safer, and more effective treatment for patients with tachycardia-bradycardia syndrome (TBS) than pacemaker implantation, according to a study published in Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine.

How long does it take for groin to heal after ablation?

The puncture site at the top of the right thigh in the groin area will take approximately 1 week to heal. Observe the area every day and keep it dry and clean. Avoiding applying soap and talcum powder to the site. A pea-sized lump and a minimal amount of bruising is normal and may last for up to 2 weeks.