After over 13 month wait I finally went for my cryo ablation on Friday. Whilst being prepped the Dr came in and said "you know what you are having done an ablation?" I said "yes a cryoablation" he responded oh a cryoablation??? I said yes! that is what my consultant said is the best option for me with the highest success rate for my PAF .... he said oh! well we shall have to see what time we have! To which I responded well if you are not going to do the cryoablation then I don't want anything done today. I had opted for a GA as I was too scared to just be sedated.
They carried on with the prepping and walked me down to the cath lab and sat me outside .... me still unsure of what was going on but determined not to go ahead unless I got what I came for .... after about 5 minutes they called me in and I made sure it was indeed the cryoablation that was to be done. I was reassured.
However it didn't all go smoothly ... firstly they had trouble getting the breathing tube down my throat .... I was told there was an obstruction ..... no other information than that. I've had 6 other operations and this has never been mentioned, should I be worried? My throat paying the price now.
Also during the ablation apparently my phrenic nerve isn't where most peoples is and was too near one of the PV's so they wouldn't ablate it, saying it was too risky as it may paralyse the nerve. However they did the other 3 pv's. We are just hoping it isnt the one they couldn't do that was why I have the PAF. Time will tell.
I'm just wondering if anyone else has been met with the strange situation of going in to have one type of ablation but being told they were going to do another? It seemed very strange to me.
I only wanted this procedure once (hopefully) and so surely it made sense to do the one with the highest success rate for my type of PAF and also the one recommended by the consultant? Thankfully that is what I got but had I not stood my ground as some might not, then it may end up costing the NHS more long term. In time and money!
I cannot fault the staff or professionalism and so far so good with the outcome. I know still very early days but my groin wound is hardly noticeable, not at all painful. Hardly any bruising and although the expected tiredness and breathlessness, I couldn't be better at this stage.