When the procedure’s finished, the catheters are removed and the wounds are dressed. You’ll go to a hospital room to stay overnight – longer if you’re starting new medications. You may eat and drink when you have recovered from the sedation
Before you go home, you’ll get instructions on how to care for yourself and what activities you should avoid. You can usually go back to work a couple of days after your procedure, depending on what kind of work you do and how your recovery is going. You should come in for a follow-up appointment with your electrophysiologist in 4 to 6 weeks. Contact us if you have shortness of breath, dizziness, palpitations or fainting, or if you develop a fever or have increased drainage at your catheter sites. It’s normal to still have some A-Fib symptoms for about 6 weeks to 6 months after your procedure.
You’ll get a prescription for a blood thinner (anticoagulant), such as Coumadin™ (warfarin). Taking this drug will mean you’ll have to see your primary care doctor for regular blood test (called INR) to adjust your anticoagulation medication as necessary. About 3 to 4 weeks after your ablation, we’ll send you an event monitor to document your heart rhythm. You’ll probably use an event monitor again in 3 months, 6 months and a year afterward.