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Electrophysiology Study with Ablation

The past twenty years have seen a dramatic advancement in the diagnosis and treatment of fast rhythms of the heart. Certain patients suffering from palpitations can now undergo a minimally invasive catheter procedure to identify the exact location where the abnormal heart rhythm originates. Once the area of concern is identified, a special catheter can eliminate the problem without a surgical incision.  Depending on the rhythm abnormality, some patients may be discharged the same day of the procedure, while others may be asked to stay overnight. Patients are typically back to work after a few days of rest.

What to expect:

  • Before the procedure
    You will first meet with the Electrophysiologist in the office who describes the procedure in detail, including the risks and benefits. Once all of your questions are answered, your procedure will be booked over the next few days with the appropriate hospital. Some hospitals require an initial pre-operative evaluation by their staff and will make those arrangements with you. Your doctor may adjust your medications prior to the procedure.  We ask that you not eat or drink after midnight before your implant.
  • The day of the procedure
    When you arrive at the hospital on the day of your procedure, you will be taken to a pre-operative holding area where your day will begin. After you change, an intravenous line will be placed and gentle fluids will be administered. You will then be taken to the procedure suite and greeted by a team of physicians and nurses who will care for you.  Importance is placed on privacy and comfort during the procedure. At the conclusion of the procedure, you will be transported to the recovery area. Depending on the type of rhythm abnormality, you may be discharged the same day.
  • After the procedure
    Discharge instructions and follow-up appointments are provided before leaving. Patients are instructed to call our office at anytime with any concerns or questions. Typically, patients are asked not to drive or perform heavy lifting for two days, after which time, they are able to return to their routine activities. 
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