Elvis1970
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Elvis1970, February 24,  2021  10:24am EST

Expectations and Tips Post-Ablation?

So, about 24 hours from now I'm having my first-ever ablation, and I'd love to hear any post-surgery tips and expectations from those of you who've had one (or more).

Some background: I'm 51, very active (cycling and running mainly), try to eat right, don't smoke and might have one to three adult beverages a month. In early January I was diagnosed with paroxysmal Afib and PVCs. After meds not working and the heart monitor showing that I'm having short bouts of Afib daily, my electrician, as I call him, feels that I'm a great candidate for an ablation. 

After doing a ton of research, talking with some friends and acquaintances who've had it, and discussing it with my wife, who's worked in the cardiology field for 20 years, we agree with the doc. 

I'll admit that I'm pretty nervous about the procedure itself -- so any encouragement you have there might be helpful...and I do believe in the power of prayer.

But if you've had one (or more), what should I expect in the few days afterwards, as far as pain, fatigue, etc.? And obviously I'm going to follow my doc's guidance/restrictions, but any tips on the recovery?

Thanks to everyone on this message board!

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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, February 24,  2021  4:18pm EST

    Hello there,

    Thank you for introducing yourself - we are glad you are here in the MyAFibExperience community. We hope that you will find a sense of community and support among others here experiencing similar things. Unfortunately, I am not a medical professional, but I hope that others here can provide their experiences and post-procedure tips with you.

    In the meantime, here are some extra resources about Ablation.

    Best Wishes,

    AHA Moderator

  • Thumper2
    Thumper2, February 25,  2021  8:39am EST

    ELvis1970, we're glad you're here and that you've done your research and have opted to have an ablation!  I have had three of them and did not find them problematic.  No pain, perhaps a little fatigue, but back to something approaching normal within a few days.  I hope (and pray) that you will find your ablation to go smoothly and that it will lead to NSR!  Let us know!

    Thumper2 (Judy)

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