Ablation was Sept 6 2019 at Mayo Rochester. Dr Deshmakh was the EP doctor. Ablation went very well. I was very pleased with his care and talent . He is the co training director for the EP clinic.
I had a very positive experience at Mayo where the care was superb. Everyone from each nurse to each doctor put my care as the most important thing they were doing at the moment. I was nervous of course but if I had to do it again, I would as it was not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. All went smoothly. I went from 49.5% in afib for month of August to currently 1.2% burden to date (Nov 6) from ablation date ( Sept 6). I would call that successful. I am still on tykosen until followup Dec 2019 which will determine if I will remain on tykosen at that time. Since I am traveling for Christmas out of the country I am sure I will remain on tykosen until January.Tykosen is very expensive and costs about $110 per mo for a 90 day supply. I am on 250 mg 2x day. I continue on a blood thinner, Warfarin, to which I have a Roche meter and test my INR and report result 1xweek to anticoagulation clinic. I am back to walking 2 mi per day at 3.1 mph daily and 7 resistance training machines daily. I am pleased and do not regret doing the procedure.
I could travel after about 3 weeks domestically but not internationally for 2 months following procedure. I had a TEE, ECG, Chest xray, blood work, all prior to procedure. My daughter ( Cardiologist) accompanied me to the TEE and ablation procedure. I just hope it sticks! 70% ablation success rate so there is 30% will not be successful. I am lucky so far!