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Afib with Rvr ablation

Hey all. I've been on the site since last year but never posted anything. I’m from the states. I was diagnosed with afib in April when I went to the er with a hr of 180. I’m 35 and having my first ablation done on tue at 11 am est. I’ve read the ablation fact sheet. I was wondering if anybody had any advice for the hospital stay. I’m a little nervous as I’ll be unconscious for the procedure. I’ve been cardioverted twice but never under anesthesia for a long period. Thanks for the support.

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Hello glis, there are 2 fact sheets, one deals with preparing for an ablation and the other with recovery. People can react differently to general anaesthetic but generally it’s a bit like waking up after a very deep sleep. You might feel a bit disoriented, dizzy and confused or you may feel you could leap out the bed but that is the one thing you must not do! In my case, I did feel a bit nauseous and was sick a couple of times but it soon passed. You will be required to lie still for 4 hours or more so that the puncture wound in the groin can heal and there are some suggestions in the fact sheet to make that time a bit more comfortable. Try not to worry about it because you will be carefully monitored during the initial recovery period. Hope everything goes well for you and please let us know how you get on.....

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If you have had GA before and been sick you should tell the anaesthetist and they usually give you anti sickness meds.

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I agree but it was my first (and hopefully last) GA....🤞

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Hi Glis. I had an ablation last year under GA and felt a bit woozy afterwards. As Flapjack said you won't be allowed to get up for a few hours. I found it hard to concentrate on anything and think I probably dozed on and off so the time passed relatively quickly. Best wishes and I hope it all goes well for you.

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Thanks, I’ve had 2 cardioversions and no problem with anesthetic but that was only for 2 minutes, and never anything longer than that.

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Yes the cardioversions only take a few minutes. My ablation took 5 hours as it was more complicated than he envisaged and you do feel more sleepy afterwards. I remember him coming in and saying it had gone really well and that he thought I had a better than 50% chance of staying in NSR and thinking that is not very high but I was still so groggy I didn't really comment. However 5 months on and all still good and am off amiodarone. My EP is lovely but definitely errs on the pessimistic side!

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Best wishes.

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I am 5 days recovering from ablation procedure! I was very scared a few days before. The procedure went well, and try not to worry, they will take amazing care of you. If you had no problems with cardio version, you will be fine! Think positive and everything will be just fine. If I had to do all over again, I would not think twice about having it done again!

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Thanks for the advice! I’ve had 2 cardioversions that went pretty smoothly so that’s reassuring.

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Hi glis,

I am also from the states (CA) and want to reassure you that this procedure is a piece of cake. I had it when in my 70's and only had twilight sleep. Was discharged about 12 hrs. afterward. Walked out of hospital & went to restaurant for breakfast. Then spent the rest of the day shopping. Took plane to another state a couple of days later for short vacation. No recuperation needed.

Please do not concern yourself about the ablation. You will do just fine. Good luck!

NJ

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Hi, I've just had my first ablation. Take some type of music with earphones ...the constant beeping and chatter drove me crazy and take a book too. I found boiled sweets ...lemon sherberts lovely as my mouth was dry and had a unpleasant taste and plenty of fluids and snacks..i couldn't stop eating when I came round! xx xx Good luck!!! XXXX

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