Just thought i'd report back after my first (and hopefully only) ablation.
it was done using the cryoballoon technique which i wasn't expecting, and i opted for a local anaesthetic.
Quite a few people with the procedure coming up have posted about pain, or being told it would be painful, and in my experience the worst 'pain' was the injections of local anaesthetic. So not terrible. I was warned in advance that i would be getting a big 'ice cream headache' during the procedure and it was all explained to me as they went along so there were no surprises. sedative was given at the start, and more when it became uncomfortable. Yes there was some discomfort, but actual pain? nope.
I went into AF during the procedure, and had temporary paralysis of the phrenic nerve, but recovered after a few minutes,. Still in AF after the procedure, but this stopped after a few hours with flecainide/bisopolol and has not returned.
Saw the doc the next morning who said they had successfully isolated the 4 areas, and was successful as far as they were concerned. The AF afterwards is most likely nothing to worry about and should not return (unless i am one of the rare ones where the disruption is coming from somewhere else) but only time will tell.
Was well looked by all the staff at St Georges and all in all not as bad as i feared.
A lot of you told me that, and BIG thanks to everyone that contributes to this site, and help us newbies get over the fear of the unknown.
Back home now, bit sore, as expected, but perfectly fine