Hello just had my 1st cryoablation here in the states Tuesday march 20th. Just wanted to explain the whole procedure from start to finish and maybe give some future ablation candidates peace of mind.
Went in at 8 am, prepped me by starting iv, putting on gown, shaving groin area, EKG, lots of patches all over, and many questions. The electro physiologist and anesthesia Dr came in to explain procedure thoroughly they then gave me a light sedative to relax me. Wheeled me into OR putting warm blankets all over me. Hooked me up to more patches and EKG. They put an oxygen mask on my face and I could feel a small burning sensation in my iv, that was the general anesthesia. There were large tvs ,monitors, lights everywhere for Drs and nurses.
I woke up two hours later in recovery. After coming to I realised a couple things. They added a huge iv in left arm for blood pressure (I believe) and catheter was in place. The Dr used 3 points of access, 2 on left groin (just veins) and 1 on right side artery. The right side was stitched shut when I woke up. The left side they had to apply pressure for 30 min. After this I basically laid from 130pm until 830pm. You don't realize how hard this is till you have to do it. I got some 7up and water BC my mouth was so dry and dehydrated. I ended up getting sick in a bed pan,Think I drank too much too fast especially after being under GA. I was worried about this due to groin but no problems at all. I ended up eating about 7pm...small meal and had no issues at all. Finally @ 830 pm I was able to walk with assistance,them keeping close eye on groin entry points. They removed catheter about 10pm.
They keep their patients for 24 hrs for observation.my heart has felt great, groins a little sore. I get to go home today. I will have to take my metoprolol25 mgs like normal....start taking blood thinner eliquis-5 MG's twice a day for 3 months. And have flecinaide300mgs on standby -pip if go back into afib.
To sum up the whole cryoablation process. Mine was absolutely painless. The worst part is just laying still for so long afterwards and the nurses coming in every 1-2 hours for vitals and checking groin area every time. You lose all privacy because the access points are in your groin area. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again if that's what EP suggest.. I hope you future ablation candidates can get peace of mind:).