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Hybrid Ablation - second time lucky


I was all prepared for the first part of my Hybrid Ablation, and under general anaesthetic when it was discovered that I had a clot inside my heart. The operation was aborted due to significantly increased risks, and a couple of days later I was sent home to recover. Four weeks later, after going in to hospital 2 days before the op to have a heparin infusion, the second operation was successful. Wonderful surgical team at Derriford - couldn't ask for a more professional treatment.

I have been home for a week, and had the stitches out today, but I am finding that my AF is no longer permanent as it was before. It hasn't gone completely, but about 50% of the time I am in sinus rhythm, which is an improvement. I had been warned that this could happen for some time, but that the periods in AF should hopefully reduce. The second part of the hybrid procedure, the catheter ablation is likely to be in 5-6 weeks time, and I'm told that this should significantly help too.

I would love to hear from anyone who can tell me about what I should expect to be able to do during recovery - I am not driving or lifting things, but would appreciate some guidance on when I should be exercising and driving again (I'm 65 and otherwise quite healthy!)

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The best advice is to do rest, rest and more rest during the first two weeks. Listen to your body and gradually and gently return to normal living.

There should be no reason for not being able to drive after the first week as long as you feel up to it.

It was good they found the clot, the catheter ablation should be plain sailing in comparison to that drama.

I wish you all the best.


johnMiosh in reply to pottypete1

I had the first part of the hybrid ablation in April last year. If you look through my posts you will find one that highlights what I was able to do for the few weeks afterwards. In this time I also had a few periods of AF, which depressed me a little, it is normal and I have recovered; I am off all medication. I am due to go back to see the cardiologist in a couple of weeks for review, I will report back here afterwards.

Uppaton1 in reply to pottypete1

Thank you for the encouragement and wishes!

Rest, rest, go for a half mile walk, rest, rest, go for another short walk ....

Repeat until you feel wonderful !

Good luck with part 2 !

Was your recovery difficult after the first operation (the one on the outside of the chest)?

Did you have a lot of pain and what about the discomfort?

Thanks for your reply!

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