Had ablation a couple of weeks following my first episode of afib. It was performed as day surgery by the electrocardio doc who I really liked, the rascal promptly moved away. There was very little upfront explanation. Went up from groin via femoral artery but I was in lala land before that was performed. The only med I was instructed to take following the procedure was the blood thinner apixaban (aka, Eliquis). This was a significant disappointment as I got the impression the ablation would be free of post-op stuff. Bummer. I was started on 5 mg. 2 x daily, Pleaded with doc to reduce me to 2.5 mg as I was almost 80 at which point the recommended dosage reduces to 2.5. A stickler, he resisted. I complied.
Eliquis is outrageously pricey. By the time I reached 80 I was with a new cardio guy who I also like. He agreed at 80 to drop to 2.5 mg. and agreed to continue to Rx 5 mg and allow me to cut 'em in half for an immediate 50% cost reduction. Even with Medicare coverage it's costly and doubtless prohibitive for some folks.
So far as the procedure itself it was as close to a walk-in-the-park as surgery can be.
BTW, the Eliquis is believed to reduce the likelihood of stroke from 4% to 2%. Big wooo! I talk cocky but I'm still taking the stuff. Good luck, you'll do fine. Don