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pacots, February 12,  2020  5:22pm EST


My cardiologist said my ekg has a flutter in it, have no idea what this means, said the best thing for this is an ablation not medication. Was wondering how bad is the ablation to go thru, I am really scared. Can some of you tell me your experiences.

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  • Jeanamo815
    Jeanamo815, February 12,  2020  6:31pm EST

    We understand your concern.  Are you seeing an electrophysiologist....a cardiolotist who specializes in the electical activity of the heart?  If he/she recommends an ablation for you, do not be afraid.  It is not a bad procedure and the recovery is a quick one with seldom any problems. You will be sedated during the procedure and it usually requires only an overnight stay to be sure you are doing well.  It seems that having an ablation sooner rather than later has a greater degree of success.  Talk this over with your doctor and follow his/her guiduance.  I've had 3 ablations for a-fib...not a-flutter...and I do not regret having them.  I have been free of a-fib for more than five years....although I still take Elequis as a precaution against stoke becuase of my age and being female.  If you are not in the care of an electrophysiologist, ask your cardiologist to recommend one with a lot of experience and  a good result record in a facility where this procedure is done frequently.

    It is normal to feel anxious or scared about a new experience or procedure.  This one is not one to be try not to worry.

    Wishing you the best,


  • Spencer
    Spencer, February 12,  2020  7:08pm EST
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    Ablations are not hard.  You will undergo the same preps for surgery and then be put to sleep.  They will stuff several cables up one of your veins (the ones in your leg near your groin) and they will burn part of your heart that is causing the erroneous electrical signals you will wake up with a slightly sore groin and your flutter should be gone.  Note that many of us have had numerous ablations as the doctor may not have gotten all of the bad heart tissue at one time.  So don't worry about the ablation.  I've had three and looking back it was pretty easy.  

    I included a picture of what it looks like when you are in the OR. 

  • RuthAnn7004
    RuthAnn7004, February 12,  2020  7:11pm EST

    Pacots,  I had ablation for both Aflutter and Afib 2 years ago.  I was very scared and anxious, but I can tell you it wasn't too bad.  My EP said the Aflutter is easier to tackle than Afib.  As I said, I had both done at the same time and I don't remember any pain.  Had to lay flat for 6 hours and that was hard for me to do, but after that, they got me up to the bathroom and I went home the next day.  I was very tired for a while but it was much easier than surgeries I've seen.  I am now 75 years old...female....and am enjoying my new Afib and Aflutter free life.  I agree that you should find an experienced EP that has done many ablations.  It is natural to be scared and anxious about the unknown, but trust me when I say, in my case, it wasn't as bad as I was anticipating.  Good luck.

  • bfboca
    bfboca, February 13,  2020  5:18am EST

    Hi pacots.  You really don't give us much information and perhaps your doctor didn't either.  Like are you symptomatic?  Do you have AFib or AFlutter or did he mention those conditions other than to say "you need an ablation?"  I suggest you definitely get a second opinion and with an EP is a good choice.  You could also go to your internist and have him do a repeat ECG and see what he detects and recommends.  Also, I'm not as pro ablation as some forum members are and would suggest you definitely keep meds in mind rather than ablation.

    You have plenty of time in making this decision pacots so don't hurry into the operating room as your cardiologist has advised.  Bob

  • Thumper2
    Thumper2, February 13,  2020  8:35am EST

    Pacots, I'm definitely one who recommends "sooner rather than later."  I went several years on just meds, and by the time I got to an EP, my heart had already re-wired itself to the extent that 3 ablations did no good.  But the ablations themselves were not bad at all.  I just wish I'd had them sooner.  All the best -- Thumper2 (Judy)

  • Bellagrace
    Bellagrace, February 13,  2020  12:40pm EST

    I had an ablation flor atrial flutter about two years ago after suffering a second fainting episode which I had tried to treat with medication only after my first fainting experience. The atrial flutter ablation was relatively easy with no real pain or after effects other than those described by Spencer. I've been in NSR since. I concur with the others that it is crucial to have a good EP and even get a second opinion. You didn't give us much information so if you could elaborate more that might effect the feedback we offer. I have absolutely no regrets with my AF ablation experience.

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