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As some of you may know I was scheduled for convergent ablation on 12/28. This is where a thorasic surgeon makes an incision in your chest to get to one side of the heart and ablate and then the second (EP) surgeon goes thru your groin to get to the other side of the heart.
Unfortunately, the thorasic surgery could not be done because there was no fluid in the paracardial sack that holds my heart, causing my heart to adhere to the sack with scar tissue and there is no way to get thru that scar tissue to ablate other than open heart surgery. This possibility had never been mentioned and needless to say, I was extremely disappointed.
Fortunately, the EP was able to successfully complete his ablation and was quite 'excited' (his words) about being able to touch up the pathways that were not successfully ablated in March. Hopefully this second ablation will get the job done.
Unfortunately, the thorasic surgery incision is quite painful with 7 stapes in it and I feel like i've been thru the war without fighting a battle!!
Has anyone out there experienced this?
Wishig you all a healthy and ab-free 2017! Suzanne
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