Ok sorry I totally didn't update after I got home - was a little too busy watching Netflix and having panic attacks 😂
So, overall things went well!! A little background - I was dx with WPW in 2009, had my 1st ablation on 2/25/2016 where they said it was NOT WPW, they burned different pathways. 2 months post-op appointment, was showing i was still in SVT, so decided for a 2nd ablation. This time my doctor was able to find the WPW pathway and ablate it!
This time I was totally under general anesthesia. I was very nervous about this, but it ended up being such a non issue - I remember them saying "ok just lay back" and that's it! I woke up fine, a little confused but wasn't nauseous and my throat didn't hurt too bad. I spent about an hour in recovery and then about 3 hours recovering in ambulatory. And then, I was home!
I will say the worst part of all of it has been my anxiety. When I was in pre-op I heard some scary things that freaked me out (not about my case - about a very different, much more critical, complex case).
And then there's the overall anxiety of "what if this didn't work?" I am still on my beta blockers. I go in for an EKG in 3 weeks and then I'll stop beta blockers for a month.
So in summation: Doctor was VERY pleased, as he found the pathway he was initially looking for! So that's great. The biggest hurdle that I am experiencing is anxiety. It just HITS me out of nowhere. But, as I have an anxiety disorder, this is to be expected. It hasn't even been a week, so I know I need to just give myself some time to process everything and relax.
Thank you ALL for your kind words. Anyone else experience a lot of anxiety post ablation? You'd think with this being my 2nd one I'd be a little more chill! 😂
We'll see in a couple months if this was truly worth it, but I will say to anyone getting a 2nd ablation, you WILL get through it. My doctor is already very happy that we decided to go back in.