Having had one ablation 8 months ago you'd think the second would have been a piece of cake .... Oh boy! It was one of the worst experiences I've ever had. Here's why.
As usual I walked to the Cath lab and was prepared for the procedure (pads placed everywhere on the body iodine on groin, arms given rests to lean on, covered up) etc etc. This was so far so good. Then given local anaesthetic in groin and procedure begins.
The EP talked and guided me through every stage. Without going into long and boring details, as I remember and felt every single second of it.The puncturing of my aorta was uncomfortable. I felt pressure on my chest, the burning reached into my throat and I felt very panicky as the procedure went into the 3rd hour. They kept asking me if I was ok, I told them yes, no, uncomfortable, painful at various times. The EP just said another 3mg of morphine, but I didn't feel drowsy at all. At one point I coughed, they nearly had a fit and said don't do that. I told them it was hurting and they gave me more morphine. No difference.
The procedure fortunately came to an end after just over 2 and a half hours. It felt like I'd just been through torture. What an unpleasant and uncomfortable experience and one I hope never to do again!
I don't want to scare anyone off the procedure but I'm trying to be honest as my first experience was a positive one.
My only saving grace is that I'm now back in nsr. Yippee.
Sorry if I've been a bit dramatic but honestly it was a traumatic experience and I'm not one to be squeamish or moan.