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Watchman Implant experience

Posted by Louise 
Watchman Implant experience
January 07, 2019 07:19PM
I am scheduled for a Watchman Implant on January 31 and am wondering if anyone who has done this could share your experience. Thank you. Louise
Re: Watchman Implant experience
January 07, 2019 08:19PM
Re: Watchman Implant experience
January 07, 2019 08:34PM
Thank you very much for that, Rocketrich!
Re: Watchman Implant experience
January 07, 2019 10:03PM
Thanks for that link, rocketritch. I'd forgotten about that thread.

Louise, it will be the easiest procedure you've ever undergone. Figure maybe an hour total more or less, with half that being prep and coming out of the anesthesia. The only thing you'll have to deal with afterward is the one femoral vein puncture (vs two or more for an ablation). And now that TCAI has the collagen plugs, that six hours of lying flat has been reduced to two hours. Just be careful about lifting afterwards. The catheter they use is large, so the insertion site is large. Be careful about not lifting or straining for the five days or so they tell you.
Re: Watchman Implant experience
January 07, 2019 10:11PM
Thank you, Carey. Do you have any idea when the FLX will be approved? This is not an urgent procedure for me and I wonder if I should wait for the “new and improved” device. Thank you.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/07/2019 10:12PM by Louise.
Re: Watchman Implant experience
January 08, 2019 12:30AM
I can't really predict when it will be approved. The clinical trial is slated to end in 2021, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was approved before then.

If I were you, I don't think I would wait for the FLX. It's better, but it's not THAT much better. The original Watchman is a sound device with a proven track record.
Re: Watchman Implant experience
January 08, 2019 04:50AM
Thank you, Carey. Given that timeframe I will go ahead. I do have a question I didn’t ask before. I’m wearing a monitor I am to turn in in a week with a diary of my activities and I thought the Dr. was going to review that and then make a final decision; but his office called yesterday to schedule the procedure. I’m guessing he just wanted to get it scheduled, assuming there won’t be anything on the monitor that would change his opinion (?).
Re: Watchman Implant experience
January 08, 2019 10:49AM
That would be my guess as well -- they just wanted to get you scheduled. If the monitor turns up something that would delay the Watchman then they can just give your slot to someone on the waiting list, but they don't expect that to happen.
Re: Watchman Implant experience
January 08, 2019 12:06PM
This was my experience, specific to TCAI. Two other forum members here had theirs done the same morning as mine.

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Re: Watchman Implant experience
January 09, 2019 10:04AM
Thank you, AB. Now my only concern is re Elizabeth’s comment about the original Watchman, which is what I will be getting. What happens? Do they remove it? That sounds worse than the original surgery since heart tissue will have grown around it. Has the original mesh Ben a frequent problem?
Re: Watchman Implant experience
January 09, 2019 10:26AM
The material used in the Watchman has not been a problem and the FLX uses the same material as used in the original. The main problem with Watchman devices was operator inexperience in the early years. As operator experience has grown, problems have decreased substantially.
Re: Watchman Implant experience
January 09, 2019 10:28AM
Whew! Thank you, Carey!
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