Ablation Day

Ablation Day tomorrow, have to be at hospital at 7:30am. Am sooo nervous, is to be done under sedation as oppose to GA which was the original plan. Apparently the decision to do it under a GA wasn't clear in my notes and if I want one I have to go back on the waiting list which is 18 months! Just hope it doesn't hurt, my religion forbids pain, I am a devout coward! Will post again the other side of tomorrow, (hopefully).


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  • Hi Suzie, I've had 2, one under GA and one under sedation. I would happily have a 3rd no problem whatsoever. First one was under sedation and I was apprehensive to say the least, but the drugs they gave me made me feel very calm and time just flew by. It was fascinating actually. Bob says he'd rather have an ablation than a tooth extraction and I couldn't agree more.


  • Best of luck Suzie - I've seen people here post that they preferred sedation and that you're really out of it anyway, so I'm sure it will be okay. Let us know how you go.


  • Hi Suzie, relax I'm sure all will be well. In fact sedation is said to be better as the recovery time is considerable less. We obviously go to the same church by the way. Seriously GA takes ages to clear the system and I had some memory problems for weeks after all mine.

  • Hi Suzie, I've had two ablations under sedation only and let me assure you, you will be totally unaware of what is going on. It's strange because you're somehow awake but not. I didn't feel a thing either.

    Best of luck, hope that it's successful.

    I share your religion too - If I'm ever asked if I want sedation for any type of procedure I answer yes lots of it!


  • Suzie

    Wishing you all the best, you've waited a long while for this and with a fair wind it will be a life changer like it is for many people.

    Take care of yourself and plan a long and slow recovery.


  • My brother, a big strapping farmer, had a 2 hour eye operation yesterday, under sedation. He had been terrified and his blood pressure was so high that he had been refered to a therapist to learn relaxation techniques. Last night he told me " whatever it was that the anaesthetist gave me it was marvellous stuff." He apparently went to sleep during the operation. Shortly after he woke up he heard the Specialist say to his assistant " just pass me the eye." Yes, they'd taken it out and he hadn't realised!

    Relax, do some concentrated breathing. Then concentrate on getting well

    Very best wishes.

  • Thank you everyone your support makes such a difference x

  • Good luck Suzie,Don,t worry everything will be ok.It,ll be over with before you know it.

  • Will be thinking of you. All the very best wishes.


  • Pain? I found the most painful bit of my ablation was the INR test in my thumb.

    And the worst bit is probably the waiting.

    All the best - the day should fly by.

  • Hi Suzie, fear not! It is not as bad as it sounds but I must admit that I too was petrified going for my first ablation . My husband booked us 1st class ticket to London so that I could relax more! I had my first two ablations under sedation and the third under GA . . The recovery is so much quicker under sedation and you are not kept in any pain. You will hardly be aware of it. All the best and let us know how you get on. Sandra

  • Good luck. I look forward to reading your next post.x

  • Good luck. You will soon be feeling better and wondering what the fuss was about. Take care

  • I hope you've come through it all OK Suzie. Let us know how you are getting on. Remember that the early days and weeks can be pretty rough. Quite a few ectopics, and even AF is my experience. But these should settle down. Remember to take it very easy and don't exercise too much in the early weeks.

  • Good luck Suzie- I hope all goes well- do let us know how you get on,

  • Good luck, I'm on the waiting list for one too.

    You will be fine

  • Do let us know how you get on karen x

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