Sometimes, your heart arrhythmia diagnosis may call for a more intensive treatment when medication and other options aren’t successful or lifelong medication is not recommended. In such cases, Dr Karthigesan may suggest radiofrequency catheter ablation to improve your condition.
What is radiofrequency catheter ablation all about? This is a minimally invasive treatment option where a small keyhole is made to guide a small catheter or tube into your heart. Radiofrequency energy is passed through this catheter to destroy selected heart tissue areas.
Radiofrequency used for this procedure is a moderately intense, high-frequency electric current that causes a small area of the heart to become hot, causing it to be ablated or cauterised. For years, surgeons have relied on RF energy to cut body tissues and cauterise bleeding during surgeries.
The RF used to cure arrhythmias are particularly low in frequency and is completely safe for the heart. It will not cause any long-term complications.
Fortunately, with Dr Karthigesan as your cardiologist, you can rest assured that your RF ablation procedure will encounter no such problems. As a Certified Electrophysiology Specialist (CEPS), Dr Karthigesan has performed over 3000 successful RF procedures. Under his care, you will get the best guidance and treatment.
Dr Karthigesan may recommend several tests to understand your arrhythmia better before performing a radiofrequency catheter ablation. He may recommend standard blood tests, an ECG (electrocardiogram), and an echocardiogram recording. You may also be asked to follow these instructions:
You may experience a bit of pain when a small prick is made in the groin area during the procedure. However, Dr Karthigesan may administer a local anaesthetic to numb the area. During the procedure, you might feel a tickling sensation in your groin area. After that, you will not feel any sensation at all, and you will be completely comfortable.