So if you are going to have a catheter ablation; do not worry! Mine was done under sedation and when I went in, I couldn’t stop my legs from shaking so they gave me something to calm me down (and it worked straight away). There was a bit of discomfort as they put the catheters in but nothing TOO painful and this was remedied with a quick shout to the nurse. You feel the wires enter your heart which is an unusual sensation but not uncomfortable or the like then they try to set it off with the electrical probe. If that doesn’t work, they will give you some drugs - one of which I reacted badly to; severe pins and needles in the hands and leg cramps in the left leg but they turned down the dosage and even massaged my leg until it calmed down. They did struggle at first to set off the Tachy’s long enough to map it but they were persistent and eventually got it mapped. It’s a little uncomfortable when they ablate it but not painful and I wouldn’t hesitate to have it done again. Towards the end I was quite sleepy and would have drifted off completely were it not for it being the end of the op. I was apparently quite an unusual case but I know they ablated an extra accessory pathway (I will know more tomorrow once I speak to Dr Lord but we didn’t get out the op until 8pm so he is going to let me know all about it then)
Overall I feel absolutely fine, bleeding a bit from the groin but the nurses keep applying pressure and I’ll keep you updated over the next few days.