As you know, heart ablation or catheter ablation surgery is a semi non invasive way to help control an irregular heart beat. The procedure is usually an outpatient surgery and recovery is relatively quick—of course all that depends on you as the patient. Condition of overall health and age are factors that determine the above but generally it is easily handled by most people.
This is a little synopsis of the results of the surgery that have been recorded by those who have had the procedure. This will help you prepare for the after heart ablation life. For the most part people are much better after catheter ablation.
Mark was a 58 year old man who most would consider to be in good physical shape when it was discovered that he had atrial fibrillation and a flutter. Passing out during running on a treadmill at the gym ended up with a visit to the ER that eventually lead to the diagnosis.
Mark had the heart ablation surgery on a Thursday with an over night stay. Three months later mark has a clean bill of health. No further A-Fib episodes. He explains that the most uncomfortable part of the whole procedure was the MRI mapping to map out the route of the vein to the heart for the catheter.
Warren was a bit older hen he had the ablation procedure. His A-Fib had become a burden so he opted to have surgery in 2009. Everything went well under local anesthesia. He did have an A-fib episode in the recovery room and another two a few months down the road but overall it was going well. However, Warren felt he would benefit from a second ablation.
In his own words “ the only discomfort I experienced after both procedures was laying on my back on the Hospital beds overnight, a measure employed to limit movement and help prevent bleeding from the incision made in the groin for the catheter entry. As expected there was some light chest pain during the first 48 hours after the procedures”.
Kevin was 46 when he had catheter ablation. Just before the surgery Kevin had come down with a cold and the doctor said as long as there was no fever everything would be all right. The local anaesthesia kept him from remembering anything about the procedure. After he came to he really needed to urinate to to the dye used to display the veins during surgery. Going to the bathroom Kevin fainted but was most likely due to the anaesthesia.
Ken didn’t give his age but he had been having A-Fib episodes since 1994. Ken opted to have cryo-ablation which is the same procedure only the area is frozen instead of heated to cause the scarring. He remembers very little about the ablation except that he felt no pain, only stayed overnight in the hospital and nine weeks later is a new man who is A-Fib free.