This surgical procedure is less invasive than traditional open heart surgery. Doctors apply a little bit of alcohol to the problematic muscle tissue. The alcohol burns away the tissue, removes the obstruction and eases blood flow.
Septal alcohol ablation includes several steps:
- Sedation keeps you comfortable during the procedure.
- Cardiac catheterization creates a detailed picture of your heart.
- Transesophageal echocardiogram insertion by probe creates a sonogram, or picture, of your heart and allows doctors to secure a catheter in place.
- Alcohol infusion causes the tissue to shrink over time.
- Temporary pacemaker insertion to regulate a slowed heartbeat for the first few days after the procedure.