Background: Catheter ablation is an effective
and safe treatment for various arrhythmic disorders.
Patients are frequently admitted for an overnight
stay after the ablation procedure to monitor
for possible postprocedural complications or recurrence
of the arrhythmia. The aim of this study
was to assess patient satisfaction in patients with
supraventricular tachycardia following catheter
ablation on an outpatient basis.
Methods: 243 consecutive patients (129 male,
53%; mean age 49 ± 17 years) underwent electrophysiological
study and radiofrequency catheter
ablation either on an outpatient basis or a hospitalisation
that included at least an overnight hospital
stay (inpatient) at a university hospital. All
patients were asked to complete a specially designed
questionnaire that addressed patient satisfaction
as well as the clinical outcome after ablation
at six months.
Results: The ablation procedure was performed
on an outpatient basis in 119 patients
(49%). The long-term procedural success rate was
99%. The overall patient satisfaction with the ablation
procedure and with the clinical outcome at
six months was 90%. There were no significant
differences between outpatient and inpatient
groups with respect to ablation results and patient
satisfaction. Patients in the outpatient group returned
to work after 2.8 ± 1.9 days as compared to
3.9 ± 2.2 days in the inhospital group (p = 0.001).
Conclusion: Overall patient satisfaction and
self-reported clinical outcome are comparable for
outpatient and inpatient catheter ablations. Patients
undergoing outpatient procedures may return
to work earlier. Therefore, outpatient ablation
procedures may be considered for selected
patients without significant comorbidities.