What has NICE said?
This procedure is safe enough and works well enough for use in the NHS.
NICE is asking health professionals to send information about everyone who has the procedure and what happens to them afterwards to the UK Central Cardiac Audit Database, so that the safety of the procedure and how well it works can be checked over time.
What does this mean for me?
Your health professional should fully explain what is involved in having this procedure, and discuss the possible benefits and risks with you. You should also be told how to find more information about the procedure. All of this should happen before you decide whether you want to have this procedure or not.
Your health professional should ask you whether details of your procedure can be collected.
Other comments from NICE
NICE said that training and regular experience is important for any clinician doing this procedure. NICE also noted positive comments from patients about their experiences of the procedure.