Catheter Ablation

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Procedure Description

Catheter ablation is a medical procedure commonly used to treat various types of cardiac arrhythmias, which are irregular heartbeats. During the procedure, a doctor inserts a catheter (a long, thin tube) into a blood vessel and guides it to the heart. Once in place, the catheter emits radiofrequency energy to ablate, or eliminate, the problematic heart tissue causing the arrhythmia. This restores the heart's normal rhythm, allowing patients to lead a healthier life.

While medications can sometimes manage symptoms of arrhythmia, they often do not cure the condition. Additionally, these medications may come with side effects and limitations. For those with persistent symptoms, or those who have not responded well to medications, catheter ablation can be an effective alternative. It is especially useful for treating conditions like atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, and supraventricular tachycardia among others.

Catheter ablation has become a popular choice due to its minimally invasive nature, shorter recovery times compared to open-heart surgeries, and high success rates. It is important to consult a medical professional to determine if catheter ablation is appropriate for your specific condition.

Procedure Duration

The catheter ablation procedure usually takes about 3 to 6 hours to complete, depending on the complexity of the arrhythmia being treated. Patients are generally under conscious sedation or general anesthesia during the procedure. Once the procedure is complete, patients are often required to stay in the hospital for observation for a few hours to a day.

After the procedure, the recovery period can vary between individuals but generally lasts a few days to a week for most patients. During this time, some patients may experience mild symptoms like heart palpitations or shortness of breath. It is crucial to have a follow-up appointment with a healthcare provider to evaluate the procedure's success and to check for any potential complications.

Keep in mind that the aforementioned durations are general estimates. Specific circumstances can alter the time required for both the procedure and recovery, which should be discussed thoroughly with your healthcare provider.


  • Cost Savings: Medical tourism can offer significant savings, sometimes up to 50-70%, compared to the cost of the procedure in countries like the United States.
  • Expertise: Many overseas doctors specializing in catheter ablation have trained in reputed medical schools globally.
  • Advanced Technology: Hospitals abroad often have state-of-the-art medical technology and modern facilities, offering quality comparable to hospitals in Western countries.
  • Shorter Wait Times: In many countries popular for medical tourism, the waiting time for catheter ablation can be much shorter.

Potential Destinations

  • India: Known for its skilled cardiac surgeons and advanced healthcare infrastructure.
  • Thailand: A popular destination for its high-quality healthcare system and expert cardiologists.
  • Turkey: Gaining reputation for its combination of modern facilities, expert doctors, and competitive prices.
  • Singapore: Renowned for its high standards of healthcare and advanced medical technology.

Risks & Considerations

  • Travel: Long flights post-surgery may increase the risk of complications.
  • Language Barrier: Communication can sometimes be challenging if healthcare providers do not speak your language.
  • Legal Protections: Patients may have limited legal recourse in cases of medical malpractice compared to their home country.

How to Choose the Right Doctor and Hospital

  • Qualifications and Experience: Look for a cardiologist with extensive experience in performing catheter ablations.
  • Accreditation: Choose a hospital with international accreditation, ensuring they meet global standards.
  • Patient Reviews: Take time to read testimonials and reviews from previous patients to gauge the quality of healthcare services.

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Patients are advised to seek hospitals that are accredited by Global Healthcare and only work with medical tourism facilitators who are certified by Global Healthcare Accreditation or who have undergone certification from the Certified Medical Travel Professionals (CMTP). This ensures that the highest standards in the industry are met. GHA accredits the top hospitals in the world. These are the best hospitals in the world for quality and providing the best patient experience. Click the link to check out hospitals accredited by the Global Healthcare Accreditation:

Frequently Asked Questions

What actually happens during hyperstimulation of the ovaries?

The patient will take injectable FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) for eight to eleven days, depending on how long the follicles take to mature. This hormone is produced naturally in a woman’s body causing one egg to develop per cycle. Taking the injectable FSH causes several follicles to develop at once, at approximately the same rate. The development is monitored with vaginal ultrasounds and following the patient’s levels of estradiol and progesterone. FSH brand names include Repronex, Follistim, Menopur, Gonal-F and Bravelle. The patient injects herself daily.

What happens during egg retrieval?

When the follicles have developed enough to be harvested, the patient attends an appointment  where she is anesthetized and prepared for the procedure. Next, the doctor uses an ultrasound probe to guide a needle through the vaginal wall and into the follicle of the ovary. The thin needle draws the follicle fluid, which is then examined by an embryologist to find the eggs. The whole process takes about 20 minutes.

What happens to the eggs?

In the next step, the harvested eggs are then fertilized. If the sperm from the potential father, or in some cases, anonymous donor, has normal functionality, the eggs and sperm are placed together in a dish with a nutrient fluid, then incubated overnight to fertilize normally. If the sperm functionality is suboptimal, an embryologist uses Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection to inject a single sperm into a single egg with an extremely precise glass needle.  Once fertilization is complete, the embryos are assessed and prepared to be transferred to the patient’s uterus.

How are the embryos transferred back to the uterus?

The doctor and the patient will discuss the number of embryos to be transferred. The number of successfully fertilized eggs usually determines the number of eggs to be placed in the uterus. Embryos are transferred to the uterus with transabdominal ultrasound guidance. This process does not require anesthesia, but it can cause minor cervical or uterine discomfort. Following transfer, the patient is advised to take at least one days bed rest and two or three additional days of rest, then 10 to 12 days later, two pregnancy tests are scheduled to confirm success. Once two positive tests are completed, an obstetrical ultrasound is ordered to show the sac, fetal pole, yolk sac and fetal heart rate.


Built into this technology there is a microscope with a powerful camera that allows the uninterrupted monitoring of the embryo during its first hours of life. In this way, we can keep a close eye on the embryo, from the moment when the oocyte is inseminated and begins to divide into smaller and smaller cells, until it can be transferred to the uterus.

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