Atrial flutter ablation is the recommended first line treatment for atrial flutter. It is a radiofrequency catheter ablation which is the only curative treatment and is more effective in maintaining regular sinus rhythm and preventing a recurrence when compared to cardioversion or medication. The procedure creates scar tissue within the right upper chamber of the heart in order to block the electrical signals that cause a fluttering heartbeat. It is performed under local anesthetic or a sedative.
During the procedure, catheters will be guided into your heart via a vein in your groin or neck. The catheters are used to transmit electrical energy (radiofrequency ablation) to the target area of the right upper chamber of your heart, which damages the tissue and causes scaring. This is designed to block the electrical signals that are contributing to your atrial flutter.
The procedure usually takes 2-3 hours and is often done as a day case or require only an overnight stay. The success rates for atrial flutter ablation are high with low complication rates. Some of the complications although uncommon can be serious and therefore you will need to be assessed by a specialist in this area.