As we’ve covered in previous posts, sometimes afib patients need multiple ablation procedures to avoid a relapse. Usually a second ablation is enough.
However, Judy Levermore is not so lucky. She underwent a third ablation procedure in the hopes that this time, the treatment would stick.
Each surgery offers its own risks–any surgery does. But Levermore is not the type to give up, surrender, or let fear dictate her options.
She has gone through two of these ablations without success. Unwilling to give up, Levermore in December underwent a “convergent ablation” at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. The innovative surgery involves two doctors operating on the heart’s inner and outer layers. Altemose, who was one of the doctors who operated on Levermore, says it takes three months to confirm that the surgery has worked. He expects her heart to find its regular rhythm.
It’s important to never give up hope that you will see the end of your symptoms. According to the article it will take a few months for doctors to know for sure that the third time has been successful. In the mean time Levermore is engaging in gentle exercise.
Have you undergone multiple ablations? What was your experience? I’d love to hear more in the comments below.
Would you try it a third time if the first two surgeries didn’t work? Or would you start seeking out other options?
Doctors are already studying the qualities that make someone a good candidate for a successful ablation surgery. As those studies progress we can expect to see a greater percentage of successful first-time ablations.