Radiofrequency Ablation and Cryoablation

Innovative Techniques Now Available at the American Hospital of Paris

To treat the electrical short circuits that cause arrhythmia, medication was the preferred remedy for years, but this solution is not effective over the long term. The patient always relapses and may also suffer from serious side effects.

Today, the French, European and American health authorities mainly recommend radiofrequency ablation or cryoablation as the first-line treatment, because ablation is the only option that guarantees permanent recovery from the disease. Don't let the word 'ablation' scare you, it simply means the disease is 'removed.' The idea is to burn the short circuits in the heart chambers, using either heat (radiofrequency ), or cold ( cryotherapy ). This innovative technique was invented in France, and our expertise in the field is recognized the world over.

At the American Hospital of Paris, medical excellence is based on the best of French and American medical practices. When treating heart rhythm disorders, the best French medical practice is ablation.

To perform this extremely technical procedure, the physician must have special training and accreditation. During heart surgery, the surgeon momentarily stops the heartbeat. But radiofrequency ablation and cryoablation are performed on a beating heart. Therein lies the challenge. And of course you must have the necessary and relatively expensive high-tech device, like the one in which we are investing today. Few establishments are able to offer this procedure to their patients.

A reinforced team

To deploy and extend this technique to a large number of patients,  Dr. Zerah brought in new staff. He now works alongside Dr. Sana Amraoui, an interventional heart rhythm specialist with an outstanding career history. Together they offer comprehensive care to all Hospital patients, from diagnosis to complete recovery.

Dr. Sana Amraoui, heart rhythm specialist at the American Hospital of Paris

Radiofrequency Ablation and Cryoablation are the Ultimate Illustration of Technical and Technological Prowess

"This minimally invasive procedure is performed under general anesthesia to ensure the patient is comfortable. The patient can leave the hospital and resume normal activities within 48 hours following the procedure. The doctor inserts a catheter into a vein in the groin and guides it to the atria, where the pulmonary veins connect to the heart. The heat from the radiofrequency energy creates scar tissue which isolates the abnormal electrical signals and prevents them from travelling throughout the heart. With cryoablation, a tiny balloon is inflated at the opening of the pulmonary vein. Using angiography, we ensure the vein is totally obstructed, then bring the temperature of the balloon down to -60° C using a special coolant gas. The diagnostic catheter positioned in the vein verifies the electrical disconnection in real time. Regardless of the method used, ablation is the ultimate illustration of technical prowess. Today, the risk of complications has been lowered to almost zero thanks to technological advances and the mastery of the technique. For the patient, this represents a chance for full recovery from the disease. Arrhythmia can be a true disability and can very quickly hinder a patients ability to walk. Ablation allows the patient ta return to their normal activities, significantly improve quality of life and enjoy longer life expectancy. Being able to propose this therapeutic strategy to patients at the American Hospital of Paris is a major advantage."

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