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  • Ablations VS. Myectomy

    I posted this in the Ablation section but no one answered it so I am going to post it here.

    It appears to me that lately, many of the doctors are giving a choice of the myectomy and ablation and I haven't seen people here saying they heavily recommended the myectomy over the ablation (that is if you are a candidate for either). My expert the other day went right to the ablation for me the other day. Suggested it and didn't mention myectomy. Does anyone think that perhaps the ablation is becoming a more accepted procedure? I even asked the doctor if I was in his shoes would he choose the myectomy or the ablation and he said he would have to think long and hard. It appears to me it is becoming more and more accepted. AT least at some centers. Any feedback is appreciated. Does anyone know of a particular doctor or 2 that have done alot of successful ablation? Who has done the most ablations? Who has the most experience?
    PS: What is the name of the hospital or center in Houston that does ablations?

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    Dear K,

    Please use the board's search function to search for posts on ablations and myectomy. You will find ALOT that will illuminate you.

    In a nutshell, if you are under 50 --most are going to recommend the myectomy as there is no long term data on ablations.

    I would say ablations are getting "popular," not "accepted."

    You have a shorter recovery time with an ablation, but no guarantee that it will work and that they won't have to go in and repair your valve or do a myectomy anyway or that you won't have problems from the scar tissue later on down the line. However, they crack your chest open and stop your heart for a myectomy. ew.

    S

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    • #3
      DId you ask why a myectomy was not suggested? Some people with other health problems that make them a risk for surgury may limit risks by having an ablation, this is one posssible reason.
      The majority of those in the past 6 months having septal reduction (and in touch with the HCMA) have had myectomy... about 60% compared to 40% who have had ablations...I am only mentioning those who had an option of the 2... Of all procedured about 80% are myectomy and 20% ablation..with the ablations picking up steam in the past 2 months.

      Cleveland has high numbers for ablations, about 50 last year. Spencer is at ...opps I am home at this moment and am drawing a BLANK (sorry... I will post this very soon!), Caution is suggested when choosing a center..yes many can do the procedure... but few have the experience to do it well.

      Lisa
      Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
      YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

      Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
      lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
      Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
      Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
      Currently not obstructed
      Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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      • #4
        Lisa, I believe Spencer is at MUSC in Charleston, South Carolina.

        Reenie
        Reenie

        ****************
        Husband has HCM.
        3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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        • #5
          YOU are 100% correct and my apologies to Dr. Spencer for my lapse of memory!

          Lisa
          Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
          YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

          Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
          lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
          Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
          Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
          Currently not obstructed
          Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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          • #6
            Lisa, I dont have any medical reasons for not having a myectomy other than fear! LOL Dr Shah told me that if the ablation failed that I could always have a myectomy later. It just appears to me that ablations are becoming more accepted than they were. Do you know, of the ones that failed, if they were done at a center that does alot of them? That is the one caveat that Dr. Shah gave me. Get it done with they do alot of them. At least 100. Don't be a guinea pig in your local area where a doctor may have done 5 or 10. He is actually going to look into whether there is anyone in So. Calif. that he could recommend. Sarah, I have done alot of checking here on our site and I have seen where alot of people have been very happy with them. I have also seen alot of discouragement coming from the moderators about them. Maybe the moderators don't mean to appear against them but it is how it comes across to me. I know that myectomies are the gold standard. I was happy that Dr. Shah didn't seem to be against them and seemed happy to recommend one for me. I thought maybe the school of thought was changing. Also, maybe it depends on who does them as to whether they are a success or not. I would sure like to see some facts and figures and statistics but I am not seeing that anywhere. So far I have only come across 1 person in the archives where their myectomy didn't work out. I would love to hear from others that had a failure and where they went to get theirs. I thought my doctor seemed to indicate that if they were done at a good center where they have done alot of them that they were pretty successful.

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            • #7
              Kathyn, Lisa, Sarah, and I will be at ACC(American College of Cardiology) Sun - Tues. We will be listening and hoping to come home with lots of new info. Although it is still too early to have "long-term" statistics on alcohol ablations, I am very optimistic about the future. I hope those of you who have had them will continue to post progress reports. At the risk of getting too personal, I'm interested to know ages of those who have had them done and if the doctor performing the procedure gave any age guidelines to those people. Did your doctor tell you, " I wouldn't do it on someone under age __?" I think it's a good idea to ask if anyone out there had notable problems with myectomy. Linda

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              • #8
                OK I am on bended knee here... I am not "against" ablations... I am not "for" myectomy... I am in favor of OPTIONS and making the correct choice for each person based on available data and current understanding.

                Yes, ablations are NEWER and less data is available ...this is a fact not an opinion and something that must be measured carefully when making a choice. There is data now available that is laying lines to help identify those people who will likely do better with one procedure over another. WE still have a great deal to learn...it will take a great deal of time to know the whole story.

                Balance them carefully...

                Dr. Shah is a very good doctor and I have a great deal of respect for him, I trust you are in wonderful hands

                All the best!
                Lisa
                Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
                YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

                Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
                lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
                Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
                Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
                Currently not obstructed
                Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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                • #9
                  caution

                  I think we tend to sound over-cautionous b/c ablations seem like an easy thing to do, but aren't. They work very well for some, but cardiologists who have not seen a lot of HCM/HOCM don't understand all the complications of an HCM heart and may not be giving the procedure the weight it deserves in terms of risk factors.

                  Yes, it would be fantastic if we could just do ablations and skip myectomies entirely but it is still early days for ablations. Personally, I don't want to be a guinea pig. I try very hard to be objective, but I know I may fall down on ablations b/c they are not "tried and true" yet.

                  The bottom line --however-- is that it is YOUR decision. Not mine. And something I've learned first hand is that you can debate options and come down on a certain side over and over --but when you actually HAVE to make the choice, all bets are off and you start from ground zero because now it is YOU and not the abstract anymore.

                  So there is my little rant.

                  S

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                  • #10
                    Actually both of these procedures sound scary to me. I was reading about myectomies also and they don't always turn out well either. There is also a 4% mortality rate. There can be as many side effects of that surgery as with Septal alcohol ablation. But then again, the doctors make the ablations sound like no big deal and there are many side effects and dangers to them also. It is a very difficult decision. Another decision for me is whether to try Norpace. Now that sounds like a very dangerous drug! I have been given the option of that also but I have some contraindications that the doctor didn't know about when it was prescribed. I have to discuss that. After reading about the drug I am not too hot to try it. This whole disease is a very dangerous business! A little piece of advice I have is for everyone to check out everything for themselves. Check out the drugs, the procedures and everything and make sure they are for you.

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                    • #11
                      Correction.. the mortality rate with myectomy is about 1% in the best centers and is about the same or even a little higher at this time for ablation.
                      IF you are going to a smaller center for either procedure the numbers go way up...this is why we suggest staying with a specialty center.
                      Best to all!
                      Lisa
                      Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
                      YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

                      Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
                      lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
                      Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
                      Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
                      Currently not obstructed
                      Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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                      • #12
                        Kathy,

                        You are correct when you said that making a decision to have some form of septal reduction is a very difficult decision. Each of us is taking a risk for some future long term (we hope) gain. I know that it was not easy for me to make and I was only given one treatment choice!

                        For everyone,

                        I try to read the board every day. I do this because I want to give to others the support that all of you have given me. As I read these posts and replies, I have never gotten the feeling that any of the moderators were biased toward myectomies or against ablations, for ICD's or against ICD's, for any particular medication or against any particular medication (as long as the meds are not contraindicated). What they do is help balance our views, provide us with information, urge caution, point us to specialists and help us survive that emotional rollercoaster called HCM. The real help (if you will) comes from each of us as we share our experiences with those folks who are walking similar paths.

                        Bob
                        Cleveland Myectomy Crew
                        Member since November 2002

                        \"Chance favors the prepared mind!\"

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Robert Hartwell
                          I try to read the board every day. I do this because I want to give to others the support that all of you have given me. As I read these posts and replies, I have never gotten the feeling that any of the moderators were biased toward myectomies or against ablations, for ICD's or against ICD's, for any particular medication or against any particular medication (as long as the meds are not contraindicated). What they do is help balance our views, provide us with information, urge caution, point us to specialists and help us survive that emotional rollercoaster called HCM. The real help (if you will) comes from each of us as we share our experiences with those folks who are walking similar paths.

                          Bob
                          Bob, I think that was very well said.

                          Reenie
                          Reenie

                          ****************
                          Husband has HCM.
                          3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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                          • #14
                            grain of salt

                            Hi K,

                            I took Norpace for ten years with no real side effects except for slight dry mouth from time to time.

                            The reality of all the heart medications is that they call all _give_ you arrhythmias, instead of making them go away. The odds of this happening, however, are miniscule and they start you off in the hospital so if they do happen, they just reverse it right then and stop the medication.

                            The other thing to keep in mind is that all those side effects are things that happened to people _while they were taking the drug_ and NOT necessarily BECAUSE they took it. Even if only 2 people had a headache, they have to list it.

                            However, then there is amiodarone that is really seriously toxic and something to seriously think about.

                            And Norpace helps a lot, they've got good results with it so you may want to give it a go.

                            take care,
                            s

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                            • #15
                              Hi Sarah, my problem with norpace (besides being a little nervous of it) is that I have glaucoma and it is contraindicated. But if you need the drug badly there is another drug you can add to your arsenal for the glaucoma. I hate to mess with that tho because I just got my eyes in order! Plus I have sjogren's syndrome which is an autoimmune disease causing very dry mouth and eyes. Can't imagine being any dryer. I am such a complicated medical mess. It seems like one thing affects another. I am sure the doctors hate to see me coming. Dr. Shah doesn't know about these other illnesses yet so I guess that is why it was prescribed. I will be talking to him about it. Have a good time at your medical conference. I hope you all bring us back some good news and some good info!

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