Recovery time?

hi

Well had my ablation at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on Thursday....it went very well and it's true that all the advice on here is correct. Wasn't half as bad as I was expecting, I was awake and just felt a wee bit of tugging and pushing in my groin area....

My question now is I'm not too good at doing nothing, and this resting is already doing my nut in. I feel fine and feel I could do things but know it's not a good idea. Wasn't given a lot of advice as to how long off work/ drive etc.....would like to hear fellow af,ears experiences of recovery periods.

Thanks Lorraine..

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  • I had mine a month ago just went back to work last wk. They say you should be able to work again after a few weeks as long as does not involve heavy lifting. I still feel tired and still have a lot of skipped beats but was told should settle after a few months.

  • I was told. Week 1 nothing except the TV remote, iPhone and iPad (not a PC because of position) and absolutely no driving. Short walks towards end of week but in the flat. Say 19 mins. Week 2 not much more but can drive providing fully comfortable with doing an emergency stop and an build up walking a bit but nothing strenuous or anything that increases the heart rate too much. After that gradually increase things over the following 4 weeks (ie ends week 6). If at any point your HR starts to increase too much or start feeling slightly sweaty or clammy then stop. (As you know I am a man and ladies don't sweat in the same way). Also nothing that causes adrenaline to increase.

    I know it is frustrating but believe me well worth it in the long run.

  • Hi Lorraine! Glad that overall things went well and that you're recovering! I had an ablation for SVT in February. I had the procedure on a Thursday and went back to work Tuesday; in hindsight I probably should have stayed home a couple more days, but really the main things I noticed were: increased anxiety (personal for me - I have an anxiety disorder), some PVCs as my heart was recovering, and just feeling really tired. I work in a school and felt like I was 80 yrs old just walking down the hall! Honestly I just felt kind of worn down for a couple weeks, but then got back to normal. Be patient and go easy on yourself, and you'll be feeling "normal" again soon! 😊

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