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Two attempted ablations and two failures
I posted awhile back in April that I had my first Ablation attempt for AFib. This attempt failed, They sedated me heavily and managed to get the cath wires up into my Heart but as I moved around to much on the table they aborted the Ablation as they deemed it to risky proceed with my moving about.
I was then called back into the Hospital some 3 weeks later for a consult with the Cardiologist in which it was agreed they would have a second go at ablation though this time under general Anesthetic. My appoinment for this second proceedure was on May 25th and I arrived at the Hospital at 7am hoping, believeing, thinking all would go well.
They prepped me and wheeled me into the cath lab, moved me over and onto the table with that large screen on an arm hanging from table which I remembered from last time and then they placed the mask on me and asked me to count bacward from 10.
I got to 6 I think before I was out like a light.
I remember waking up in high dependency ICU in extreme pain both in my chest and stomach.I had a nurse sitting there monitoring me and placed a plunger in my hand and told me to press it to release the nice drugs that would numb the pain.
I ran my hand down over my chest and felt a thick pipe embeeded into my chest. What's going on? This isn't right, I'm not suposed to be in ICU or have tubes sticvking out of me.
Nurse says Doctor will be along shortly and explain what's happened.
My Doc eventually turns up and tells Me "We" almost lost you! The cath wires once up into your heart broke off and became embeded into your Heart, this caused profuse bleeding and your blood pressure to drop.We had to rush you into surgery to seal the bleed and remove the wires and give you a transfussion. That tube in your chest is drain.
You are going to be here in ICU for awhile they inform me. After four days I was transfered to a ward and my right leg now super swollen and painful. Yup, I'd developed a DVT due to not being on blood thinners. I'm now home recovering and back on blood thinners and they will not attempt another ablation on me again.
My Doctor said givin that I almost died in this last proceedure He would not attempt anymore ablations and to take warfarin and Sotalol and live with Afib.
What to do? Live with it or seek another electrophysiologist out? I cannot believe my luck lol
Thumper2, June 6, 2018 8:01am EST
SergeyLavrov, my advice is to get yourself to a Clinic that specializes in treating atrial fibrillation and an electrophysiologist who specializes in ablations and has a great record in doing so! I'm really sorry to hear what happened to you!
Jeanamo815, June 6, 2018 12:32pm EST
Sergey...I am so sorry about your first ablation experience and then the even worse 2nd ablation experience. I am just glad you made it through that last one! I think I will have to agree with Judy. It might be a good idea to find an expert electrophysiologist at a clinic where many ablations are done and see what is recommended for your particular case. I don't know where you are located, but it might be worth traveling for a consultation...for example: to the Cleveland Clinic or to Dr. Andrea Natale in Austin, Texas. Mellanie can probably suggest some other practices that may be closer to your home. I hope you are recovering well from the complications of your last procedure. I know it will be a hard decision to try for another ablation after your past experiences or whether to just stay with the medicines for the rest of your life. A good electrophysiologist should be able to advise you as to what will work best for you. I hope you are feeling better now.
Wishing you the best,
(My A-fib Experience Community Leader)