Once the cardiac ablation is complete, the catheters and IV lines are removed. No stitches are required since only very small incisions were made. You are transported to the recovery unit for a while then on to his or her hospital room for a few hours of observation. You may have some soreness where the IVs were removed and where the catheters were inserted as well as some bruising. Depending on where the cardiac ablation was inside the heart, they may also have some minor soreness in the chest – but not chest pain or shortness of breath.Most patients go home within a day of the cardiac ablation procedure. Before you leave the hospital, your electrophysiologist will talk to you about medications, activity, and follow-up care. When it’s time to leave, make sure a friend or family member is there to drive you home.