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

  • Reference Number: HEY-603/2014
  • Departments: Cardiology

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.

Introduction

This leaflet is intended to provide information for you after you leave hospital following your EPS/RFA procedure. Most of your questions should be answered by this leaflet. It is not meant to replace discussion between you and your doctor, but may act as a starting point for discussion. If after reading this leaflet you have any concerns or require further explanation please discuss this with a member of the health care team caring for you.

Wound care

Bruising around the top of your leg is usual. 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 talc 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. If, however, 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.

General Advice

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 EPS or RFA procedure.

Working

You may return to work when your doctor feels it is safe for you to do so, usually after one week.

Lifting

No heavy lifting for at least three days following EPS and seven days following RFA.

Follow-up

You will be reviewed by your consultant in the out patients department approximately three months after discharge.

Should you require further advice on the issues contained in this leaflet, please do not hesitate to contact: Cardiology 5 Day Ward (01482) 461517 / 461518 (Mon-Fri).

General Advice and Consent

Most of your questions should have been answered by this leaflet, but remember that this is only a starting point for discussion with the healthcare team.

Consent to treatment

Before any doctor, nurse or therapist examines or treats you, they must seek your consent or permission. In order to make a decision, you need to have information from health professionals about the treatment or investigation which is being offered to you. You should always ask them more questions if you do not understand or if you want more information.

The information you receive should be about your condition, the alternatives available to you, and whether it carries risks as well as the benefits. What is important is that your consent is genuine or valid. That means:

  • you must be able to give your consent
  • you must be given enough information to enable you to make a decision
  • you must be acting under your own free will and not under the strong influence of another person

Information about you

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We may pass on relevant information to other health organisations that provide you with care. All information is treated as strictly confidential and is not given to anyone who does not need it. If you have any concerns please ask your doctor, or the person caring for you.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018 we are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any information we hold about you. For further information visit the following page: Confidential Information about You.

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