After catheter ablation, you'll be moved to a special care unit where you'll lie still for 4–6 hours of recovery. Lying still prevents bleeding from the catheter insertion site.
You'll be connected to devices that measure your heart's electrical activity and blood pressure. Nurses will regularly check these monitors. Nurses also will check to make sure that you're not bleeding from the catheter insertion site.
Your doctor will decide whether you need to stay overnight in the hospital. Some people go home the same day as the procedure. Others need to stay in the hospital longer.
Before you go home, your doctor will tell you:
Driving after the procedure might not be safe. Your doctor will let you know whether you need to arrange for someone to drive you home.
Recovery from catheter ablation usually is quick. You may feel stiff and achy from lying still after the procedure.
Also, a small bruise may form at the catheter insertion site. The area may feel sore or tender for about a week. Most people can return to their normal activities within a few days.
Your doctor will talk with you about signs and symptoms to watch for. Let your doctor know whether you have problems such as:
Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective for humans. To find clinical trials that are currently underway for Catheter Ablation, visit www.clinicaltrials.gov.
November 20, 2013
Gary H. Gibbons
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