These are all questions that you can ask in February, or rather when it is decided that you will have this procedure performed, that it is the procedure of choice for you. You may find out at your appointment that there is something less or more invasive that should be tried first before doing septal ablation. Unfortunately in regards to this procedure, it is VERY variable as to how long your procedure will take, how long you will be hospitalized following the procedure, etc. I can say that on average the patient is not hospitalized more than 5 days following the procedure, however, it really does depend on many factors as well as whether or not there are any complications, and on how you feel.
I can also say that many patients undergoing septal artery ablation are older and not candidates for the surgical procedure that is called septal myomectomy, this again is not the case for all the patients and certainly is not the case at every institution that is doing the procedure. Remember, this procedure is still considered experimental.
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