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Cardiac ablation

(16 Posts)
Skala123 Sat 08-Apr-17 20:28:58

Has anyone had this procedure?

TheGirlOnTheLanding Sat 08-Apr-17 20:33:03

I haven't but DH has. PM me if you want.

theaveragewife Sat 08-Apr-17 20:34:33

My dh also has - he is here if you want to ask any questions. I went to all of the consultations and procedure (although stayed in the inpatient room), he's now totally cured and it has changed his life!

Skala123 Sat 08-Apr-17 20:51:03

Thanks both. It's the aftermath in mostly concerned about. What is recovery like?

Skala123 Sat 08-Apr-17 20:52:23

Were either of your DH's seriously into exercise before it happened and if so how quickly and to what extent could they resume it?

TheGirlOnTheLanding Sat 08-Apr-17 21:02:48

My DH wasn't seriously into exercising (we gave up our gym memberships when I was on mat leave and economising and never took them up again!) so can't advise on that, but the procedure was down in day surgery and he was back to fairly normal day to day activity within 24 h. I think it may depend on what the problem was to begin with though - DH had Wolff Parkinson White syndrome. Like Skala's DH, it's been a complete success.

theaveragewife Sat 08-Apr-17 22:07:52

DH says take your time, he was a professional sports person years before and had a moderate level of activity and fitness prior to the ablation. The two weeks afterwards were tougher than expected and the irregular rhythm kicked in and out while the area healed. In his opinion it's best to heal totally and start slowly.

theaveragewife Sat 08-Apr-17 22:09:24

Tougher in that he was tired quite a lot, not so much pain btw.

Fallulah Sat 08-Apr-17 22:12:16

My mum has, for fibrillation. Only in a day. Her leg was sore for about a week afterward, where they run the wire up. She was then fine, but the irregular rhythm came back so she had to have the procedure where they shock the heart. Again only a day and has been perfect since.

Skala123 Sat 08-Apr-17 22:16:17

Thank you for you posts. I was thinking I might need to ease back in but maybe a bit of time off first too. Have been in hospital for a week and not allowed home until it's fixed as apparently it's quite serious but I know I'll be desperate to get back to exercise.

Skala123 Sat 08-Apr-17 22:17:07

My heart is firing extra beats but they are confident they will be able to fix me, just waiting for an op date and stuck in hospital until it happens which is frustrating

Mysillydog Sat 08-Apr-17 22:17:31

I had one because I was in permanent atrial flutter. It was amazing and I felt much better immediately. They tell you to rest up for a few weeks, but to be honest I wanted to do handstands down the ward. Obviously I didn't because I would have fallen flat on my face.

Your team should give you advice on when to resume activities, so be guided by them. My procedure was very quick because being in permanent flutter helped the cardiologist localise the problem. If your problem is intermittent it might take longer. I know some AFib procedures can last for a few hours.

Skala123 Sat 08-Apr-17 22:24:51

I've been monitored for over a week now and the extra beats are all coming from the same place (6500 of them on my 24 hour tape) so they are confident it should be easy to fix. Issue at the moment is that I am waiting to be transferred to another hospital so don't have an electrophysicist consultant yet. So cardiologist can't answer lots of the questions I have - so obviously MN is the next best thing!!

yikesanotherbooboo Sat 08-Apr-17 23:00:29

DS2 had it, was in juniors at school .... rest of week off as bruising++ in ground then back to normal7 year old boy behaviour: running around/ football/ bike cubs etc no ill effects

Ellapaella Sun 09-Apr-17 18:59:18

Hi Op, you will find the arrhythmia alliance website very helpful, it has loads of information about ablation and what the procedure involves etc. You can also call their helpline for advice.

Skala123 Sun 09-Apr-17 20:24:52

Thank you, hadn't come across that website

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