Re: Catheter Ablation - Has anyone had one ?
Proceduralally Catheter Albation is similiar to angiogram, a catheter is inserted into your ateries through a local puncture in your groin or arms and extended to the heart by usage of guides. While in angioplasty the doc is doing a plumbing job with his catheter, in albation he will be performing an electrician's job.
My hospital's patient guide has a combined set of instructions for angio and albation. According to the book, this is how they do albation.
1. They will do a routine check (ECG, bloodtest etc.)
2. List out all medication patient is on and handover the list to nurse
3. Eating and drinking - even chewing gum is prohibited 12 hours prior to cath lab admission
4. An IV that has among other medicines sedatives will be started.
5. Some cleaning and epilation of the incision area will be done.
6. in Cath/EP lab, the doic will administer an injection to numb the area where he inserts the caths.
7. sometimes more than one cath may be inserted depending on the situation.
8. He does the eletcrical work required
9. The nurses apply pressure for some time in the area where the incision is made.
10. Patient will be kept under observationb for some hours, followed by discharge.
The whole procedure is as safe as an angiogram and the risks are not as big as a bypass graft or an angiogram. The process is lengthy and it may take 4-6 hours
They may make heart race and slow several times which can be scary, but no big pain will be felt at any time of the procedure. After discharge watchout for any infection in the area cut for cath instertion..
Best of luck and happy healing and god bless your mother.
Last edited by Brian.; 07-18-2005 at 12:34 AM.