EP Study/Ablation waiting list

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Hi everyone,

I am 25 years old and was diagnosed with WPW Syndrome two months ago following an ECG, wearing a heart monitor etc.

My Cardiology consultant has put me on his waiting list for an EP Study to cauterize what he believes to be an extra pathway. I was just wondering how long people have had to wait to have this procedure? I found out today it could be as long as 52 weeks?! I am in the UK.

Thank you in advance for sharing! smile

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    HELlo. I was told the same but my symptoms continued to increase in frequency so I went back to the cardiologist asking if it was ok. He tried calling the ward to ask about a cancellation waiting list and I was lucky to be told there was an opening the next day. So got it all done. 
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    I am sorry that you have to be on such a long wait list! We live in the U.S. and my daughter was diagnosed on Nov. 1st with WPW. She seen her pediatric cardiologist on Nov. 15th. Her EP study/ablation was scheduled for Dec.4th but she got sick with the flu over the weekend so it has been moved to Dec. 27th. Most of the EP studies/ablations for WPW are completed within 2 weeks after the initial cardiology appointment at least for a pediatric patient. I am not sure for an adult patient in the U.S. I have a friend who works in the cardiology department in our local hospital who was diagnosed at age 20 and had her EP study/ablation completed within 3 weeks of diagnosis.

    I hope the best for you and that you can be moved up quickly (due to cancellations or other circumstances!) Prayers for you in your challenges with WPW smile 

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    I was diagnosed in March 2010 at Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey. I had my ablation at St George’s Tooting in the December. I believe I was added to the list around August. Be prepared for the procedure. You are given a sedative and morphine. My sedative wore off as did the morphine. They had to use cryothermal ablation because the radio frequency ablation kept failing. I was in theatre for 5 hours and as I wasn’t given more morphineor sedatives it was very painful. Having said this I no longer faint although I do get palpitations at times, just be prepared and demand more drugs if needs be! My surgery also meant that I gave birth to my son almost exactly 12 months later so I am so glad I had it. Also be prepared to not be able to move the next day, you need sleep!! Good luck xxx

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