I've had 3 and opted not to have any more. My heart is still a bit erratic but it's better than it was. One person a few years ago claimed to have had 6. I don't know if she had ablations or just EP studies. There's a bit difference between having a rhythm checked and actually having them burn spots in your heart. I haven't heard of a maximum number that is considered "safe."
As you may already know, the purpose of the procedure is to sever or interrupt errant electrical pathways that cause the particular arrhythmia. Tiny burns are made in the heart muscle which casue scar tissure to form and literally block the electrical signal in the nerve branch. Multiple ablations can be done throughout the heart or may focus on a particularly troublesome spot. Becasue of the nature of the procedure, success may not be guaranteed on the first try, and repeated attempts may be necessary. Aside from the invasiveness of the procedure, I suppose one would have to consider the amount of radiation received from multiple procedures.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.