Action Checklist

After the Procedure

  • You may stay in the hospital overnight.
  • Your doctor and nurse will talk to you about your procedure results, medications, homegoing instructions and follow-up schedule.
  • If you have any questions, please ask.

What should I expect after the procedure?

The doctor will remove the catheters and apply pressure to the insertion site to prevent bleeding. You will need to stay in bed 1 to 6 hours after the procedure to prevent bleeding. You'll need to keep your legs still during this time.

No stitches are needed. A small sterile dressing (bandage) will cover the insertion site. Keep this area clean and dry. Tell your doctor or nurse right away if you have redness, swelling or drainage at the procedure site. You can remove the bandage after you go home.

During your recovery, you will be placed on a telemetry monitor, which lets the nurses watch your heart rate and rhythm. Telemetry consists of a small box connected by wires to your chest with sticky electrode patches. The box displays your heart rhythm on several monitors in the nursing unit.

Will I have to stay in the hospital?

Your doctor will determine if you need to stay overnight in the hospital. Some patients are sent home the same day, while others stay overnight in the hospital after the procedure.

When will I find out the results?

After the procedure, the doctor will discuss the results of the procedure with you and your family.

How will I feel after the procedure?

You may feel fatigue or chest discomfort during the first 48 hours after the procedure. Please tell your doctor or nurse if any of these symptoms are prolonged or severe.

You may experience skipped heartbeats or short episodes of atrial fibrillation after the procedure. After your heart has healed, these abnormal heartbeats should subside.

What instructions will I receive before I leave the hospital?

Your doctor will discuss the results of the procedure and answer any questions you have. You will receive specific instructions about how to care for yourself after the procedure including medication guidelines, wound care, activity guidelines, pacemaker care and maintenance, and a follow-up schedule.

Will I be taking new medications?

You may need to take an antiarrhythmic medication to control abnormal heartbeats. Your doctor will give you the prescriptions and medication instructions you need. Ask your doctor if you should continue taking your previous medications.

Will I be able to drive myself home?

For your safety, a responsible adult must drive you home. Your driver should be ready to take you home by 10:00 a.m. on the morning of your discharge day.