• Your healthcare provider will ask you to stay overnight in the hospital after the procedure and go home on the following day.
  • Your healthcare provider may ask you to avoid intense physical activity or strenuous exercise like heavy lifting, climbing stairs, running, riding a bicycle, engaging in sexual activity for at least 3 days after the procedure.
  • You will be asked to take warfarin for 45 days after your watchman procedure or until your LAA is permanently closed off.
  • Your healthcare provider will schedule a Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) 1 month after the procedure to make sure LAA is completely closed and also to rule out the presence of any other remaining blood clots.
  • Your healthcare team will also prescribe aspirin for you to take lifelong to reduce the risk of forming blood clots anywhere else in the heart and blood vessels.
  • You may be asked to do very light exercise like short walks 5 to 10 minutes several times a day daily after your procedure.
  • You should immediately contact your healthcare provider if you experience the following symptoms: 
    • numbness
    • severe pain, bleeding or swelling around the area in your upper leg
    • dizziness
    • shortness of breath
    • fever that is not reducing.