Surgical Cardiac Ablation
Learn more about how we can correct dangerous, irregular heartbeats.
It takes a constant series of nerve signals for your heart to maintain a normal rhythm throughout your life. If damage or disease disrupts that signaling pattern, you can develop an arrhythmia causing your heart to beat too quickly, too slowly, or irregularly.
First and foremost, if you are having an arrhythmia now, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. If you have chronic arrhythmia, contact one of our Jackson Medical Group cardiologists for a consultation 305-585-4JMG.
When an arrhythmia becomes dangerous to your life or health, our experienced cardiac surgeons can treat it via minimally invasive surgical ablation.
This process blocks the abnormal nerve signals and stops the arrhythmia. Our heart surgery team works closely with our experienced cardiologists to determine the best approach to treating dangerous heart arrhythmias.
Our multidisciplinary team can also help you address underlying chronic conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, which can increase the risk of arrhythmias and affect your overall quality of life.
Our surgical specialties include:
Creating a pattern of scar tissue that disrupts the signals causing an arrhythmia
Surgical ablation can be done in combination with heart valve or coronary bypass procedures
A hybrid ablation treatment where the surgeon performs a posterior wall lesion set, then a cardiac EP maps and completes the isolation of the pulmonary veins and posterior wall
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there different types of arrhythmias?
Yes. Some can be mild, while others are deadly. They can affect different areas of the heart and require different types of treatment.
Is ablation surgery painful?
No. Most patients are under care of anesthesia so pain and discomfort can be controlled. There may be some mild discomfort after the procedure.
How long does it take to recover?
Most patients can go home in one or two days.
Will I need to use a pacemaker in the future?
Some people will need a pacemaker to ensure a regular heartbeat, while others may take medication or have no need for further treatment.
Will I need another treatment?
Possibly. Some types of arrhythmias return and require further treatment.