What happens after the VT ablation procedure?
Afterward, the catheters are removed, but the sheaths are left in until the blood thinner wears off. Typically, this requires the patient to lie still for several hours to prevent bleeding from the puncture sites. Slight discomfort and bruising in the groin area can occur, and some patients experience self-limited mild chest pain resulting from inflammation caused by the ablation lesions. When the procedure is successful, antiarrhythmic medications may be stopped at the discretion of the physician.
A blood test must ben taken to determine when the blood thinners have worn off. Once the blood test is within range, the sheaths will then be removed. During this time, it is important to keep your legs straight and your head relaxed on the pillow.
Most patients stay in hospital overnight and their heart rhythm will be monitored during this time.
The groin area may feel sore and bruised for several weeks after the procedure. You should avoid strenuous physical activity and sports for 2 weeks after the procedure until this has settled. Most people take approximately 1 week off work.