Dr. Su explains when women can return to work after having a heart catheter ablation procedure.
So after a catheter-based ablation, because it’s more often than not a minimally invasive procedure, what we’re doing is accessing the vein, the low pressure pipe in the groin area. Sometimes we may have to access the neck vein for additional access, but in terms of returning back to work, it depends on what type of work, of course.
If you’re a heavy construction worker, certainly we do not want you to be doing any heavy lifting, but most of the recovery is not at the heart. Most of the recovery is where we’re going in for the access, and because they are in the vein, they heal very quickly. So a typical recovery is simply two or three days of no heavy lifting. And if you’re a desk job worker or someone who doesn’t require a lot of physical activity, more often than not, even my 80-year old dad does volunteering, goes back the next day.
Dr. Su, M.D., F.A.C.C.:
Dr. Wilber Su is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Cardiac Electrophysiology, and is on staff at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, Maricopa County Medical Center, St. Luke’s Medical Center, and Banner Desert Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his undergraduate degree with honors in biomedical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), and attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He also trained at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology. He is involved in ongoing studies on national trials to improve complex arrhythmia treatments and mentors electrophysiologists across the country on complex ablations and cardiac device implantation techniques. Dr. Su specializes in atrial fibrillation ablation, arrhythmia ablations, Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICD) among other heart conditions and procedures.
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