Posted By Denise O. on February 06, 1999 at 15:10:52:
In Reply to: Ablation Risks Higher at Teaching Hospital? posted by Toni on February 06, 1999 at 14:23:17:
I am considering having RF Ablation for SVT performed by Dr. Lesh at UCSF. I have complete confidence in Dr. Lesh, but the fact that UCSF is a teaching hospital makes me a bit nervous. The Dr. is assisted by Fellows who are studying electrophysiology or who may have even completed EP studies. Are the risks greater at a teaching hospital such as UCSF than at a private hospital? I understand UCSF pioneered this procedure and that Dr. Lesh has an outstanding reputation. Thank you.
I am not a doctor, but have had an ablation done at U of M by Dr. Fred Morady, renowned for ablations, and have been extremely happy. I think teaching/research hospitals are the most up-to-date as far as technique and medical advancements. I wouldn't hesitate (and I didn't) to have one done at a teaching hospital at all
I'm sure the doctors will be able to answer that question better, as this is just my opinion. As a patient, I feel more comfortable going to research/teaching hospitals because the skill level of the staff physicians is remarkeable and they handle more complex cases.
As they say, learn from the best right! Dr. Lesh will be the one doing the procedure, the others will just observe probably. When I went in for my ablation, I saw people in there that looked VERY young (not that that is bad), but I knew Dr. Morady was doing the procedure and that's all that mattered. Plus, everyone has to learn somewhere, somehow. From patient-to-patient, don't let this even be a concern. I'm sure you are in excellent hands, as I was. We can only be so fortunate as to be near such facilities that have the talent as Dr. Lesh and Dr. Morady.
Of course, if CCF was closer to me, that would have been my first choice as the talent there is the best in the world, but I'm a lot closer to U of M and can't complain at all.
Good luck and the procedure goes by quickly. Feel free to e-mail me. Again, this is just patient-to-patient.
Copyright 1994-2018MedHelp.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Vitals Consumer Services, LLC.
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. MedHelp 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.