Stanford electrophysiologists are at the forefront of performing catheter ablation, a non-surgical technique used to pinpoint and interrupt arrhythmias such as atrial tachycardia, atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter.
The location and type of arrhythmia determine if catheter ablation is a good treatment option for you. In many cases, this option is preferable to medication, which can have side effects.
Ablation eliminates the ability of the abnormal electrical pathway to conduct. Your physician determines the exact location during an electrophysiology study (EPS) and, when possible, he or she will perform the ablation right after the study. The ablation works by creating a lesion or scar in the location of the electrical cells that are causing the arrhythmia.