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Jcolon, November 30,  2018  3:40pm EST

Catheter Ablation svt

I had a catheter ablation completed earlier this week due to svt that couldn't be controlled with medication.  I am so shocked with how the ablation was vs what I thought I was walking into.  The procedure was absolutely terrible.  I was strapped to the table and was only provided lidocaine at the incision points.  The pain was absolutely horrific when the insertions and more so for the inducing of the arrhythmias and ablation.  I truly dont understand how this is do e without pain management or sedation.  Has anyone else been blindsided or had this done?

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  • AmbassadorDN
    AmbassadorDN, November 30,  2018  4:24pm EST

    Hi, Jcolon,

    So sorry that you had to endure this! I have had several ablations myself for SVT, V-Tach, and atrial fibrillation, and all were done with mild sedation--not too much, because my EP doctor didn't want the abnormal rhythm to "hide." However, did your EP doctor inform you ahead of time that he/she would be performing your ablation without you being sedated? I know that more seem to want to perform ablations without the patient being sedated so the doctor can activate and ablate the abnormal rhythm more successfully.

  • Jcolon
    Jcolon, December 2,  2018  4:10pm EST

    They did in fact mention that they try to hlle off of the sea sedation,  however I was pretty blindsided with the amount of pain that would occur during the procedure as I was only provided lidocaine. 

  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, December 3,  2018  8:56am EST

    Good morning, this is a topic that has come up quite a bit on the site recently. I am guessing that this is a new thing? To perform the ablation without sedation? I also have a question, that is related but not. My daughter has severe migraines and had an ablation near c1/c2 to try and stop them. That was done without a local and she was in extreme pain for a few days after. Clearly, the term "ablation" has multiple uses, but what does it really do? In her case, the ablation was to burn the nerves causing the pain and should have worked for about 6 months to a year. Since her ablation over the summer, I have always wanted to ask the community about them. 

    Thanks, Katie 

  • Jcolon
    Jcolon, December 4,  2018  7:05pm EST

    Hello Katie,

    I'm not sure if it's "new" or they just don't paint the full picture but it's NOT FUN!!!  It is my undertsanding that ablation means burning in order to create scar tissue in the area of interest. 

  • HelenClement
    HelenClement, March 3,  2019  2:13pm EST

    Hi I had an SVT ablation 2 days ago. My experience was exactly what you described ie I was awake and felt everything. I hope to never experience this again. It was terrible but not worse than my worst episode which also was horrible. They did explain though that they can’t sedate you all the way since then they can’t induce the arrhythmia they need in order to do the procedure. I hope I never have to do this again.. how do you feel now? 

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