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Electrophysiology Procedure Info

After your ablation, you will be on bed rest with one or both of your legs straight for four to six hours following the procedure. Your groin site may be tender for up to a week after the ablation. You may also experience bruising and a small bump the size of a marble or slightly larger under the skin. These are normal.

It is normal to feel palpitations in the first six to twelve weeks after your ablation: this is referred to as the “irritable period.” Please DO NOT call the doctor on-call or go to the ER if you go out of rhythm. If you are out of rhythm for more than 24 hours or you are very uncomfortable, call the office during business hours.

Chest soreness after the ablation is normal. Please take the lowest effective dose of ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) every eight hours around the clock if you have this symptom.

Many patients also feel quite tired for two to three days after their procedure; some people feel fatigued for up to a month after their ablation. Please rest for the first three days after your ablation. Minimize trips up and down the stairs and refrain from vigorous physical activity. For the first week after your ablation, do not lift anything greater than 10 lbs. After that, you can resume normal activity.

Please weigh yourself every day after the procedure. If you are heavier than before the procedure or if you experience swelling in your feet or shortness of breath, please call your nurse, and we can call in a medication called Lasix (Furosemide), as well as potassium, to help your body process the extra fluid.

It is very important that you take your blood thinner, as well as the Protonix and Carafate that will be prescribed to you on discharge, after the procedure. Please call the office or Medical Exchange right away if you cannot obtain them.

Please call the doctor’s office (or the Medical Exchange after hours) if you have:

  • A fever greater than 100° F
  • Redness, warmth, or active bleeding at the groin site or numbness in the leg
  • Trouble eating or swallowing or retching/vomiting
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call your nurse
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