This forum has been useful for pointers for the last 18 months while dealing with my SVT which it seems I have had for many years but was misdiagnosed by my local GP's as stress or panic attacks.
I had my RT ablation yesterday and just wanted to hand onto some pointers for those others hovering around wondering what to expect.
Firstly its not as bad as your mind thinks its going to be, yes you do feel a lot of it but the sedation as others have pointed out really helps. However from reading the forums the one thing I picked up on was the difference in sedation levels. I made it clear to my nurse that I wanted to be out when they ablated, I understood that during the EP I would be conscious of everything but I asked to make sure I was a sedated during that bit as much as they could. This made all the difference compared to my fellow patients who were having the same done in the other 3 Cath labs. One was not sedated enough and felt a lot more than he should when we swapped war stories afterwards.
Secondly again I will reiterate, the guys in the cath labs know what they are doing, 4-5 ablations a day while also inserting stents and fitting pacemakers. The QE Birmingham labs do 65 ops a day, your in safe hands so don't worry, for you its scary but for them its a very run of the mill procedure.
Thirdly, rest as much as you can after, you will feel weak, you will feel tired. I am signed off unfit for work for 2 weeks and 2 weeks I am taking.
I am finally of the Bisoprolol, I feel better already.
Long term medication, don't do it, bite the bullet and get ablated, the weight lifts from your shoulders.