Q: My father had his AFib ablation 3 days ago. He is at home now. What can we do to help him get recovered from the surgery faster and prevent a relapse?
A: In atrial fibrillation ablation, the ablation spot is close to the esophagus. The esophageal mucosa could be damaged, so you should be careful with the patient's diet within 1 month after the surgery. Don't let him eat anything too cold, hot or spicy. Alcohol is forbidden during the period of recovery. An inappropriate diet will worsen the damage of esophageal mucosal, causing purulent rupture, and even threatening the patient's life. Usually within 1 month after the surgery, doctors recommend patients to take proton pump inhibitors in order to protect the esophageal mucosa and avoid complications.
Patients are advised to take amiodarone after the surgery for 3 months. Two main purposes of taking the medicine: (1) to strengthen the effect of surgery; (2) to reduce the risk of patient having atrial fibrillation within 3 months after the surgery and improve the the quality of his life.
Medicines the patient has to take after the surgery:
(1) Prazole proton pump inhibitor, for a month;
(2) antiarrhythmic drugs: like amiodarone, for 3 months;
(3) anticoagulant: like rivaroxaban, for 3 months.
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