Got my first cardiac ablation on Friday. I've been told that it's a 5 hour procedure and then you have to lie flat for another 5 hours. What happens when you need a wee? One of the symptoms of atrial fibrillation (that the ablation should fix) is frequent weeing. I won't be able to not wee for 10 hours. Could anyone who's had this procedure help with some advice, thanks.
Please do ask the cardiac team - there is bound to be a specialist nurse whom you can phone. He/she will be up to speed on all the details like the weeing issue. I know that some places put in a urinary catheter to drain urine during the procedure - but you do need to speak to the team at your hospital and see how they manage this. This is their job - to make sure that you understand what is going to happen and to support you throughout. I am sure they would be happy to hear from you.
I too get AF now and again and I know about the weeing!!
Have you had a leaflet or letter giving you instructions about eating and drinking beforehand?
I wish you good luck and send good wishes for Friday. I do know people who have had this and it has been a great success.
Hi ecci53 as it's a 5 hr procedure + 5hr recovery I'm guessing that you'll have a catheter in. Double check with them anyway but try not to worry. Good luck with your op and please let us know how you get on. Xx
Hi eeci, my friend has has had two of them. I don't know about the" wee" issue as that was never discussed, but I do know she was kept in on both occasions overnight. She recovered very well, think her worst problem was pain in her groin, where they went in to get at her heart muscle. She had a pre op discussion which was very thorough and also the contact details for the specialist nurse. I hope you have had it by now or at least not too long to wait