Advice following: Electrophysiology Studies (EPS) Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA)

Patient Leaflets Team

  • Reference Number: HEY-603/2021
  • Departments: Cardiology

Introduction

This leaflet has been produced to give you general information. Most of your questions should be answered by this leaflet. It is not intended to replace the discussion between you and the healthcare team, but may act as a starting point for discussion. If after reading it you have any concerns or require further explanation, please discuss this with a member of the healthcare team.

Wound care

Bruising around the top of your leg is usual following the procedure. If this is uncomfortable then take pain relief medication such as paracetamol. Avoid pain relief medication that contain aspirin (though you should take prescribed aspirin in the normal way).

The dressing should be kept on for 48 hours after the procedure after which it may be removed and you can take a shower as usual. It is best not to use a bath for a further two days and avoid putting talcum powder or cream directly onto the puncture site. 

A lump may develop around your wound site. If it is the size of a pea then do not worry this is just the scar. However if a large lump develops which is bigger than a 10 pence coin, or the site starts to bleed you must seek immediate medical advice.  If the bleeding is from the groin you should then lie down and apply pressure. You should also seek advice if you experience numbness, coldness or pain in the affected leg.

Medication

Any changes to your medication will be discussed with you prior to leaving hospital.

Driving

Driving restrictions may apply – your Cardiologist will have discussed this with you. However, in all cases you should not drive for 7 days following electrophysiological  procedure.

Working

You may return to work when your doctor feels it is safe for you to do so, this is  usually after one week but it will depend upon your specific job

Lifting

You should avoid heavy lifting for at least three days following EPS and seven days following RFA and PVI.

Holidays

Please speak to your Consultant or Nurse for advice regarding any holidays you may have scheduled

Follow-up

Not everyone needs a follow-up appointment after their procedure. It will depend upon the outcome of your procedure.  Before you leave the hospital, your Consultant should inform you as to whether you need any further investigations such as Holter monitor or a follow up appointment.

Should you require further advice on the issues contained in this leaflet, please do not hesitate to contact the Cardiology 5 Day Ward (01482) 461517 / 461518 (Monday – Friday)
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