The ablation procedure is an effective treatment method permanently removing the cause of many types of arrhythmias. Our permanent team of electrophysiologists, with many years of experience obtained in leading Polish and foreign clinics, successfully performs ablation procedures for most arrhythmias. We carry out radio frequency (RF) procedures and cryoablations (point and balloon). We use a modern intracardiac navigation system - CARTO.
Arrhythmias treated surgically in our clinic mainly include:
- paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation
- atrial flutter
- supraventricular tachycardia (paroxysmal nodal tachycardia – AVNRT [atrioventricular nodalreentrant tachycardia], paroxysmal atrioventricular tachycardia – AVRT [atrioventricularre-entrant tachycardia], Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome - WPW, recurrent atrial tachycardia - AT)
- ventricular tachycardia (post-infarction and other, including epicardial approach), including so-called electrical storms
- ventricular arrhythmias (extrasystole from heart outflow tracts and other areas).
Ablation is a destruction of areas causing arrhythmias or their isolation from the healthy heart. This is achieved by means of a special controllable electrode inserted into the heart (less frequently into the pericardial sac when the arrhythmia source is on the outer surface of the heart). The electrode is precisely navigated to the place causing arrhythmias. This is based on ECG signals recorded from other diagnostic electrodes, the indication of a special navigation system (CARTO) and X-ray image. The ablation is carried out using a radio frequency (RF) current whose flow through the ablation electrode causes heating and coagulation of the tissue in contact with the tip of the electrode. Cryoablation is performed by freezing the tissue in contact with the cryoablation electrode. The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthesia in the area of puncture of the femoral vessels through which the electrodes are inserted, as well as under conscious intravenous anaesthesia. Some complex procedures are performed under general anaesthesia