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Need recommendations for electrophysiologist . . . within Kaiser networkMy husband is an AFib. We live in the San Francisco area. We had ablation surgery scheduled for last week. We had a phone conversation with the surgeon two days before and he informed us that my husband would be subjected to 25 MINUTES of radiation (x-rays). We asked him how the patient was protected and he said they aren't. . . but the staff wears lead shields. He said they use the 3D mapping, so I don't understand why they still use that much radiation. I guess I can assume that this surgeon is not as seasoned as another surgeon that uses less radiation. He said he performs about 80 surgeries, annually. But, almost 1/2 hr. of radiation is unacceptable. I understand that this is heart surgery and accuracy is critical, but, that much radiation could be a life changer in the not-so-far future.
Can someone please share any information on a 'seasoned' electrophysiologist that uses minimal radiation to perform Afib ablation, and hopefully within the Kaiser Network. . . we will travel anywhere in the US to get this procedure done. . . it would be worth travelling for a surgeon that can do it right the first time with less radiation exposure.
masheely, March 16, 2018 6:04am ESTPlease let me know what you find out. I will be changing insurance to Kaiser soon and will need my ablation through Kaiser. My cardiologist is in San Leandro, but I have gone to Santa Clara for procedures. I am willing to travel as well and pay longer cobra for the right doctor. When I had my stents I was with Kaiser, but now I have a different insurance and go through Stanford. I will be back to Kaiser soon.
MAC, March 16, 2018 7:24am ESTI had an ablation in April 2017 at Kaiser in Los Angeles (on Sunset Blvd). Dr. Doris is the EP who performed the procedure—I was terrified going in but after 3-6 months of R&R I was OK. So far so good. He is a great physician who took time to speak with me a few weeks after the surgery to reassure me that I was on track to full recovery. His team and staff were wonderful. I would seek him out again if needed. I’m free of afib now and on Metoprolol 12.5 mg 2x day and Pradaxa 2x daily. I take magnesium daily — which he agreed might be helpful. He also referred me to sleep study as he suspected I might have sleep apnea—and I did! He thinks it might have a link to my afib condition. Do all in all—a terrific doctor and a good outcome for me.
GwenWolf, March 17, 2018 5:04am ESTHi, Mac,Thx for the information. Did you have Cryo or RF? My husband had SVT surgery a few years ago, now he has 'flutters' alongside the 'Afib'. I know they say they are all 'separate' issues, but I wonder. . . . .From what I am understanding, RF can be more accurate, given you have a 'seasoned' surgeon. Cryo is faster and easier for both doc and patient. I believe the more 'inexperienced electgrophysiologists' go for the Cryo and mega doses of radiation.