Watchman device

Posted by phoenix1647 @phoenix1647, Jan 1 6:44am

I was to have a watchman device implanted on Dec 22.2020. The procedure was a failure in that out of 3 devices, none would seal off the opening. Very disappointed in this. Surgeon said the rep from the makers told him they are coming out with newer devices that will be more flexable sometime in Feb, Mar, Apr timeframe. I am on the list to get one of those. The procedure itself was full of surprises for me. Please make sure you know what is going to happen in your procedure.

I would but my procedure is tomorrow, Wednesday the 6th

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@odaleberg

I would but my procedure is tomorrow, Wednesday the 6th

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I wish you success and a smooth recovery. May I suggest whoever goes with you to bring some jello or maybe pudding cups for the recovery room? Perhaps some snacks for the room too. It's a long time between meals in the room. You will do fine.

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I finally got access to my medical records from the failed procedure. Seems they tried to use the NON-FLEX devices. I will be talking to cardiology on Jan 27 to see about trying the newer Watchman FLX. I also talked to a Watchman rep who informed me she knew of NO newer models coming out anytime soon but they are always trying to improve their produces.

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UPDATE: I talked to the EP department today. My surgeon has only done a few of the Watchman Flex's and wants to do a few more before he tackles me. Seems like the hole in my LAA is odd shaped. He wants to get a little more experience before he does mine. So…it could be April or May (or later) before I can get my Watchman done. I guess I should be happy the surgeon doesn't want to go into my situation blind. I will post more as soon as I get more info.

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WOW!!! I just got my bill for my failed Watchman procedure. So far, the bill is $177,361.52 and there could be more to come in. And to think I need to do this all over again…..So grateful I have good insurance. My co-pay as of right now is $0.00

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@phoenix1647

WOW!!! I just got my bill for my failed Watchman procedure. So far, the bill is $177,361.52 and there could be more to come in. And to think I need to do this all over again…..So grateful I have good insurance. My co-pay as of right now is $0.00

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I just started to approach this device with the cardio doc who is a EP, and will see what it brings? I am wanting to get off the blood thinners, so I can take other types of meds as well. thanks and hope you get through this, feel better soon.

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@starfirey2k

I just started to approach this device with the cardio doc who is a EP, and will see what it brings? I am wanting to get off the blood thinners, so I can take other types of meds as well. thanks and hope you get through this, feel better soon.

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I wish you well. The hole in my LAA is an odd shape and my EP is wanting to do a few more of the Watchman FLX before he does mine. For me, it is very frustrating. I am not one for sitting around and waiting. If it has to be done, let's get it over with. I can not take blood thinners due to my internal bleeding issues. If there is any way I can be of help just let me know. I think most hospitals have the same way of doing this procedure so you should be well prepared for what is going to happen. Go in with a clear mind, trust in your team and you will be OK. One step at a time. Please, keep us posted on your journey. Best of luck.

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Did a stress test today. I lasted a whole 10 minutes on the treadmill. The nurse promised me she was not going to make me run…then the machine decided I needed to run…I bailed off. A cardiologist came in and looked at the strip and stated he saw "some abnormalities" and made some comment about a drop in blood pressure. He took the strip and said he wants to study it a bit more and will make his report. So now, I am on a monitor for two weeks. Still waiting on the EP surgeon to decide what he wants to do about putting in the Watchman FLX. I hate waiting.

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The watchman is just to replace blood thinners, but dies not help AFIB, correct?

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Hi @cturner01,
The watchman device is used to close off the heart’s left atrial appendage (LAA). It can be an alternative to blood thinners, but it's main function is to prevent blood clots from being thrown from the LAA that would cause a stroke in people with AFib. Overall it does not prevent AFib from happening.

Here is a good article that explains it in detail. https://www.umcvc.org/conditions-treatments/watchman-device-treating-atrial-fibrillation-afib

@cturner01, do you currently have AFib?

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@amandaburnett

Hi @cturner01,
The watchman device is used to close off the heart’s left atrial appendage (LAA). It can be an alternative to blood thinners, but it's main function is to prevent blood clots from being thrown from the LAA that would cause a stroke in people with AFib. Overall it does not prevent AFib from happening.

Here is a good article that explains it in detail. https://www.umcvc.org/conditions-treatments/watchman-device-treating-atrial-fibrillation-afib

@cturner01, do you currently have AFib?

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Thank you for this information.

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@starfirey2k

All of the input here is very good to help as well with my decision to pursue the watchman device, thank you all.

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