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!)