What symptoms to expect?
Your groin will generally have two access sites: one on each side.
There may also be an access site in your neck .It is common to have
mild pain, small, quarter-sized swelling, and bruising with color
changes near the puncture/access sites. Bruising may occasionally
extend down the leg. If larger swelling or more significant pain
occurs at the area, please call us at (650) 723-7111 so we can
You may have some minor chest pain and mild shortness of breath for
the next week or so. The pain will often worsen with a deep breath or
when you lean forward. This is pericardial chest pain from the
ablation and is generally not of concern. It should resolve within a
week although it might increase for a day or so after the ablation. If
symptoms worsen with time, call our office.
Low grade fevers of around 99 degrees are common in the first day or
so post-ablation. If you develop unexplained fevers exceeding 100
degrees anytime within the first 3 weeks post-ablation, you need to
What symptoms to report?
- Severe or worsening shortness of breath
- Rapid heart
- Any unusual swelling, drainage, or severe pain at your
- Fever greater than 100 degrees
- Severe chest pain with respiration or positional changes
- Urinary urgency, frequency, pain, or blood in urine
- Difficulty swallowing, vomiting or blood in stools.
Call 911 if you develop any neurological symptoms such as:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg,
especially on one side of the body
- Confusion, trouble
speaking or understanding
- Difficulty with vision in one or
- Difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
How should I take care of my puncture sites?
- Keep your puncture sites clean. You may shower, but do not
submerge your puncture sites in the tub, pool, hot tub or lake until
they are well healed (at least 7 days)
- Avoid using
deodorants, powders, creams, lotions, etc. on your puncture sites.
Keep sites open to air
- Your puncture sites should gradually
look better each day. If you notice unusual swelling, redness,
drainage, increased pain at the site, or have a fever greater than
100 degrees, please call 650-723-7111.
In the first week post-ablation, you should take it easy. For one
week, do not lift, push, or pull anything heavier than 10 pounds, or a
jug of milk. Avoid sex, driving, straining to have a bowel movement,
or stair climbing.
You may return to your normal activities in one week.
Important Phone Numbers
Stanford Arrhythmia Service: (650) 723-7111 - for questions or
problems (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Stanford Device Clinic: (650) 723-6459 - for appointments