I survived and am home again taking it easy.
My partner and I stayed in the hospital accommodation the night before and I went into AF around 6 in the morning. I arrived on the ward at around 7.30am and had an ECG, Canula put in and chats with the nurse and consultant of what was going to happen during the procedure,
Was feeling very weak by the time I was called at 11am and wasn't able to walk so was wheeled into the Cath lab. Lay on the table and given a GA.
Was woken at around 3.00pm to be told everything had gone well. At this stage I had no pain.
Later the consultant came and gave me the news that they had performed a cyro ablation and isolated the 4 pulmonary veins. Unfortunately I was still in AF at the end of this so they then tried doing a cardioversion which did not work. Then gave me 100mg flecanide and another cardioversion which then got me back into sinus rythym. He thinks my AF has progessed to persistent and I may require another procedure. I was not happy hearing this at that stage. I was weak and my blood pressure was still pretty low.
The highlight was the fire alarm going off and fire supposedly on my ward and not a drill. All able bodied visitors were asked to leave which just left me on a drip and 3 other ladies waiting. Fire engine arrived and I was looking forward to being whisked away by the firemen which unfortunately didn't happen as it was a false alarm!
Didn't sleep much as groin very sore and was woken at 6 to pack up as beds needed by 7.30am. This was just so early as we all felt pretty rough and sore and didn't really feel like having to go to the canteen for breakfast.
Arrived home and felt very tired and sore so went to bed at 5.30pm only to be woken at around 11pm in AF. I was not happy and took 200mg flecanide to get me back into sinus rhythm 90 minutes later.
Today I feel much better in myself and the groin isn't painful or stiff as it was yesterday. I am now taking it easy for a couple of weeks. Only time will tell whether it has worked or whether I will need another procedure. Has anyone else had this where they haven't gone back into sinus after the ablation? May be the other kind of ablation may have worked better.
Sorry this is so long. I know when I was waiting for my procedureI read as much as I could from other people's experiences. Feel free to ask questions if there is anything else you would like to know