Ablations are types of cardiac procedures that are used to cure abnormal heart rhythms. During an ablation procedure, small wires, also called electrodes, are used to destroy abnormal areas of your heart.
Sinai Hospital is one of two centers in Baltimore that uses CryoAblation Balloon advanced technology to cure atrial fibrillation and other abnormal heart rhythms. During this procedure a balloon-tipped catheter is advanced to the tissue in each pulmonary vein and the balloon is inflated. A coolant inside the balloon isolates the tissue by freezing it, causing an instantaneous, circumferential isolation.
The CryoAblation Balloon procedure can take as little as three minutes and has a 90% success rate. Patients who undergo the procedure recover quickly, and are usually back to work within 48 hours.