General instructions after an ablation procedure:
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE
- Slight chest discomfort, particularly with deep breathing, for a few days after the procedure is normal. This should gradually resolve.
- Some bruising along with minor pain/soreness in the groin is expected and will gradually resolve.
- Occasional irregular heartbeats may be felt as your heart heals. These feelings often decrease and resolve over the next few days-weeks.
- Remove the bandages from the puncture sites the next day if they have not already fallen off.
- You may cover the site with a regular bandage to keep the site clean and dry.
- Examine the puncture site daily until it is well-healed.
You should gradually return to your normal activities, except:
-You may shower in the morning, but no bathing for 3 days
-No heavy lifting more than 20 pounds for 3 days
-No strenuous activity for 7 days
Ask your doctor when you can return to work.
Ask your doctor when you can resume driving after the procedure. The timing will vary based on the type of procedure you had, the reason for the procedure, and the type of vehicle you drive.
You may resume your previous diet.
You will be restarted on most of your medications that you were on previous to the procedure.
Follow any changes to your medications as described by the doctor after the procedure.
THINGS TO REPORT TO YOUR DOCTOR
- Fever greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit
- Excessive swelling, bleeding, firmness, or redness at the puncture site
- Numbness, tingling or coldness in the affected extremity
- Drainage of any fluid from the incision
- Persistent chest discomfort or difficulty breathing
- If you develop similar symptoms as prior to ablation that don’t go away
- Increased frequency or discomfort during urination, especially if you received a urinary catheter to drain your bladder at the time of your procedure
If you are unable to contact any doctor, go to the nearest emergency room.