Watchman Device Implantation Procedure in Scottsdale, AZ

What is the WATCHMAN Device?

A WATCHMAN device is a heart implant that is permanently placed to reduce the risk of stroke. The device is very small—about the size of a quarter—and is a good alternative to blood-thinning medications like warfarin for many patients. Unlike these medications, WATCHMAN devices involve lower risks of adverse side effects over time. The device can be placed during a one-time surgery. Scottsdale, AZ patients can turn to Dr. Beshai at the Heart Rhythm Institute of Arizona for WATCHMAN device implantation.

Why Would Scottsdale Patients Need a WATCHMAN Device?

Most Scottsdale patients who receive WATCHMAN devices do so to prevent strokes caused by atrial fibrillation (AFib) or similar heart conditions. AFib prevents the heart from pumping correctly, which results in blood pooling most commonly in the left atrial appendage of the heart. This can result in blood clots developing in the heart which could then travel to the brain, resulting in a stroke. The WATCHMAN device closes the left atrial appendage so that blood can not pool or clot in this area. This reduces the risk of stroke. Patients may have a WATCHMAN device implanted because they are at a higher risk for long-term issues associated with blood-thinning medications including stomach ulcers, kidney problems, liver disease, or cancer. They may also prefer to have a one-time surgery rather than taking medication daily and following the required dietary restrictions. Dr. Beshai can help you determine whether the WATCHMAN device is a good option for you.

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How are WATCHMAN Device Implantations in Scottsdale, AZ Performed?

WATCHMAN device implantation is considered a minimally invasive surgery, but patients are typically placed under sedation or general anesthesia through the procedure. A small incision is made in the groin so a catheter can be inserted and guided to the heart. The WATCHMAN device is then placed appropriately. This procedure can be completed relatively quickly.

Following WATCHMAN device implantation surgery, patients are monitored in a recovery room until the effects of their anesthesia subside. Some soreness at the incision site and groin area is normal following the procedure.

Steps After a WATCHMAN Device Implantation

Recovery after a WATCHMAN device implantation typically only takes about 24 hours of downtime. After this period, most patients can return to their normal routine. However, it is not recommended to lift heavy objects for at least seven days. Most patients will continue taking their medications for about six months after having a WATCHMAN device placed. Follow-up appointments with Dr. Beshai are scheduled to ensure that the device is working as intended.

About Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale is a desert city east of Phoenix, the state capital of Arizona. It is known for its golf courses, like the TPC Scottsdale, and spa resorts. In the north, there are trails that wind through the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which is a desert scape of cacti, rock formations, and hills. This is where Taliesin West is also located, which is the former home and studio of architect Frank Llyod Wright. The Old Town Scottsdale downtown is a lovely place with 19th-century olive trees and buildings from the 1920s.

Old Town Scottsdale is considered the finest urban center in Arizona. It is home to over 90 restaurants, 320 retail shops, and 80+ art galleries. Scottsdale is rated as one of the nation’s most desirable communities to live in, visit and do business in. 

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Dr. Beshai is a board-certified electrophysiologist internationally renowned and respected for his expertise and research. Having published in major medical journals and travelled all over the world to present research, he is dedicated to providing innovative, state-of-the-art care to his patients.