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    FAQs: During the Ablation Procedure

    During PVAI, where is the procedure performed?  |  How will I feel during the procedure?  |  Will I be given anesthesia?  |  How long does the procedure last?


    During PVAI, where is the procedure performed?

    Your ablation will take place in a special room called the EP (electrophysiology) lab within the hospital.

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    How will I feel during the procedure?

    You may fall asleep at times during the procedure due to the medication given to make you relax. You may also feel an initial burning sensation when the doctor injects medication into the catheter insertion site. You may also feel some discomfort or a burning sensation in your chest when the energy is applied through the catheter. It is important to remain quiet, keep very still and avoid taking deep breaths. If you are feeling pain, ask your nurse to give you more medication.

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    Will I be given anesthesia?

    Although you will not be given general anesthesia, you will be given IV sedation. You will be breathing on your own but asleep and comfortable. You will not feel the procedure and may not remember a lot of the events the next morning.

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    How long does the procedure last?

    The PVAI procedure may typically last from 3 to 4 hours.

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