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Atrial fibrillation is a type of heart rhythm disorder called an ‘arrhythmia’, a condition that occurs when there is a fault in the electric activity in the heart muscle, causing the heart to beat irregularly and in an uncoordinated way. There are many ways of treating atrial fibrillation (AF) but if surgery is required an option is a catheter ablation.
Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require. If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the consultant best for you. Alternatively, if you have been diagnosed and know which operation or treatment you need, our sales team can give you a guide price for this to be carried out at KIMS Hospital and book an appointment for you to meet a consultant. Call our sales advisors on 01622 237727 or email email@example.com.
You can be treated at KIMS Hospital by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself. If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to check you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment. You’ll also need an authorisation number which they will give you. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment and they usually settles bills on your behalf. If you are paying for your own treatment the fee for your consultation will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests). Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further. If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. In most case this will be the fixed price package quoted on this website. If this quote is different for any reason, we will provide an explanation (see what’s included below). This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital. Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.
The table below shows the approximate price for this treatment, which may vary depending on your individual case (see what’s included below).
|Patient pathway||Diagnostic investigations||Main treatment||Post-discharge care||Guide Price|
The fixed price package above includes all the costs associated with this treatment at KIMS Hospital. You will be given a quote prior to admission to confirm this cost. The amount you are quoted may differ from the published price for a number of reasons: • The Consultant you choose • Your medical history and whether you have any associated medical conditions which may impact this treatment • The type of anaesthetic your Consultant advises is best for you • The type of implant or drug you choose or your Consultant advises is best for you In some cases, if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions, it may not be possible to provide you with a fixed price for your Main Treatment. If this is the case, the hospital will discuss the available options with you. Your quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.
Depending on your circumstances, you will be given either a local anaesthetic, sedation or a general anaesthetic which will help to ease any discomfort you might feel during the procedure, as you may need to lie flat and keep still for some time.
Thin, flexible tubes called catheters are placed into one of your veins or arteries. These catheters are gently moved into the correct position in your heart.
If you have not had an EP study, your cardiologist may do this to pinpoint the exact location of the problem in your heart.
Radiofrequency energy (heat) is then used to destroy the affected area inside your heart that is causing the abnormal heart rhythm. This procedure will help block the abnormal electrical impulses in that area of your heart. Another alternative is Cryoablation, which uses freezing technique, rather than heat.
Once the ablation is over, the catheters are removed. A nurse will press on the area for a short while to stop any bleeding. You may have some bruising and feel tender following the procedure.
Following the procedure you will lie flat and rest for a few hours. You may need to stay overnight, however most patients will be able to return home on the same day. You will feel tired after the procedure but you should feel back to normal within a few days. Your cardiologist will tell you when you can start to drive and return to work.
There is a small risk of damage to the heart’s normal electrical pathways. If this does happen you may need to be fitted with a pacemaker to stop your heart from beating too slowly. Your cardiologist will talk you through this and any other risks before the procedure.
To find out more:
If you would like to come to KIMS Hospital, contact our sales advisors on 01622 237727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MBBS (Hons) BSc MD(Res) CCDS CEPS-AC FRCP FHRS
LMSSA (London), MRCP (UK), Grad Dip Cardiac Electrophysiology
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