I have just had a cryo-ablation done by Dr Sahu (Sheffield) and all has gone well so far, but time will tell. I have had PAF for about 7 years, getting around one episode lasting 2/3 days every month. Last year things got worse and I went persistent for a period of 3 months and had 2 cardioversions. I was on warfarin, losartan and also put on bisoprolol but decided that I wanted something done. This pesky AF was affecting my lifestyle and making things very inconvenient. I consulted my NHS cardiologist and also had a couple of private consultations and they agreed that ablation was a logical way to go. Cryo-ablation arranged and sod's law applied and I had no AF for the 8 weeks beforehand! Because of my history, and comments on this Forum about AF being progressive, I decided to proceed. General anaesthetic. Proceedure lasted about 2 hrs.
I am now sat at home feeling remarkably fine, trying not to overdo things. No pain, groin healing well, but a sore throat from the TOE detector they put down my gullet. Had a few ectopic beats during the first night but I was not able to sleep so perhaps more aware of them, but they seem to have settled down for the time being.
I got myself cycling fit before the proceedure as I am sure this helps and also aids recovery.
I know it will take sometime to see the full benefits from the proceedure but so far so good.
I would like to thank the members of this Forum, I have found your comments and experience (particularly Bob D here) very helpful in deciding my way forward. You have been invaluable. I hope to meet some of you at the AFA Patients Day on the 9th October.