Yes, I know it has been a long time since the previous post. I have not abandoned this blog. I fully intend to become more regular with news and information, but I first want to publish information about my “Afib Journey”. I want to describe my research path and decision process for deciding to proceed with a surgical approach vs a catheter ablation approach. Many people have had their afib cured by catheter ablation; they fell at the right point on the probability curve. Many others have not.
I have analyzed the details of the catheter ablation process and decided that the variations were too great for my taste. I analyzed the details of the surgical approaches, particularly the TTM/5Box (Total Thoracoscipic Maze/Five Box) offered at the Ohio State Ross Heart Hospital by Dr. John Sirak (see the BlogRoll), and concluded that the chances for a complete cure with one procedure were higher and better than for any catheter ablation.
I want to explain my research and conclusions and share the details so others may come to understand them. I am not “selling” the 5Box nor dismissing the benefits of catheter ablations. I want to explain what I chose, and why I chose it. Along the way, others who read here may come to appreciate some details they did not know about and become more informed and better able to make their own decisions.
The work on writing the posts for coming days and weeks continue.