In some cases, these treatments may not work or they may not be right for you, and surgery may be needed to destroy the source of the irregular heartbeat.
PS The EP study is usually one of the procedures that is done before an Ablation!!
Post Edited (Teri16) : 4/14/2005 6:38:27 PM (GMT-6)
I hope your friend won't find the ablation too stressful. I've had two radio frequency ablations (unsuccessful) and didn't find it too troubling. I had a catheter in the groin. The doctor couldn't get one in the vein in my neck. I just had a local anaesthetic where the catheter went in. I was able to watch what was happening on the computer screens, which was interesting but a bit spooky. I could feel the catheter going up through my body, but it didn't hurt. The 'burns' were quite uncomfortable, you feel heat and pressure. But that was up to me, I could have had some morphine but I'm a bit of a control freak and anyway I was interested in what was happening. Your friend can expect to have a very bruised leg for a while afterwards!
I had both my ablations done as an inpatient and the worst thing about the whole experience was being kept awake all night by noisy nurses. I am a nurse myself and it always amazes me that health professionals so often forget that you are in hospital because you feel ill! I don't think it's too much to ask to be allowed to sleep to help recover a little. (As Ray would say, DGMS). The ablation was quite tireing. You need to rest for a couple of days afterwards. Is there anything in particular your friend would like to know?
Post Edited (Juliette1) : 4/21/2005 2:45:05 PM (GMT-6)
Hmmm...I had made a reply to this yesterday...must have gotten stuck in cyberspace somewhere. :)
Anyway, thanks Teri for this thread and the information. I am having my ablation on Monday. I'm getting nervous about it. I am curious how tired I'm gonna be the next day. It's a teacher workday on Tuesday so I told my principal I'd be by as soon as they let me go from the hospital. I don't have any more sick days to take for it. (Been in the hospital way too much this school year.)
Pat, I'm glad to hear from you and that you are doing okay! I'm glad that your ablation was successful and now I'm with you~ hoping and praying that Lil's is just as successful!!
Glad you went to mass and got the annonting for the sick that does help and remember all of us here are lifting you up in prayer and in yuor pockets too just have someon post when you get home home or after your ablation and let us kow how it goes again I am praying for you my dear Christian Sister.