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Help ablation tomorrow and getting sick!

I’m scheduled for my first ablation tomorrow and my 2 year old, who is in my bed, has had a bad cough and fever all week. I woke up and a coughed a little which I never do- and am a big congested. My thought is to reschedule as this is elective and not worth increasing problems with general- which I am definitely getting. Thoughts? Very frustrating...

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I would let the hospital know as soon as you can but you will be assessed by the anaesthetist before a general is given- ...hope it goes well

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Call your EP and let them know. As long as you have no fever, and your lungs are actually clear, as will be evaluated by your anesthesia team, it should not be an issue. They won't proceed if it is in your best interest to wait. I would let them make the call.

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Check with your medics, the anesthesiologist will make the right decision in conjunction with your doctor and you. Good luck.

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nothing to add, but best of luck, hope all goes well!

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Thanks everyone for your well wishes! Surgeons say go forward unless I develop a fever- excited to get this done!

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Good luck! Do let us know how you get on xxx

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Great news Dinodog, keep wrapped up and please confirm you have read and understood Bobd’s recovery rules....😉. All the best, John

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Hi John

I can’t find these rules could you possible post a link? Thanks so much!

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Fairly simple Dinodog......do nothing for the first week and not much more for the second.....no lifting because it could cause a problem for the groin wound so also avoid stairs for a few days if possible. Make sure you have some help going home as you cannot drive for prob 48 hrs, maybe longer if you have a general anaesthetic. Make sure you get a contact number should you need any help after the procedure (arrythmia nurse would be good) and don't be surprised or disheartened if you get AF, ectopics or palputations after the procedure as it takes 3 to 6 months for the scar tissue to heal. Hows that for starters.......after the procedure you with have to lie quite still for around 4 hours, maybe longer so take some water in a sports bottle, maybe some music or videos but use earphones unless you want to upset fellow ablationees......it will go fine...let us know all about it Tues/Wed.....John

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Sorry to hi jack this post, but I have a question about post ablation procedures. I have read that you must stay still for 4-6 hours, and my concern is that I suffer from vertigo and if I lay flat and immobile for a long time it brings on an attack. I went for some pampering last year at the salon, was laid flat on a narrow couch for an hour and a half...when I sat up everything was spinning and it took a week to calm down. Apparently it is common after being in a dentist chair for a while too.

My question is, do you have to lay absolutely flat or can you be propped up a bit? I have no problem staying still, it is just the position of my head I think that will cause a difficulty. 😟

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I’m sure you will be fine Jeanette, you are ok with pillows. The reason for staying flat and still is to prevent putting any unnecessary pressure on the groin wound which could cause it to bleed. It would be a good idea to make the nursing team aware before the procedure, particularly if you are having a general anaesthetic.

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Thanks for the reassurance...I just hope my Spanish is up to it - to make them understand how important it is for me as I will be having this done in Spain where I live.

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Just shout louder, that’s what I do! 😉

Also, take any vertigo medication but best to check it will be ok to take.

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Best wishes for tomorrow. Will be keen to hear how it all went.

Jean

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Good luck for tomorrow. X

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Best wishes to you and hope all goes well x

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Good luck

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my recommendation would be to reschedule, I came home after ablation with a terrible cold and cough and I am sure it was one of the contributor factors to the ablation failing.

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Hi

I had a similar thing happen before ablation and was convinced i might cough during the procedure and move the EPs hand, but he reassured me it wouldn't be a problem and it wasn't, dont worry and best of luck my friend all will be well

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i would re schedule my procedure most docs won't do anything if you are sick.

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Agree let your cardiac team know good luck

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Thanks again for all of your help well wishes. I went ahead and had the ablation and am glad that I did. This was in Ny with Dr dibiase who was Amazing. Got home today and am very tired and a bit breathless- but everything went well and I’ll know in a few months if it worked- I’m optimistic. It’s scary making the decision to get surgery- but I went with the theory of doing it before much damage had been done given my age, with the hope that I can avoid the long term use of the rhythm meds for so many years.

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