Does the watchman procedure cure AFib? The WATCHMAN device does not cure nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, but you may be able to stop taking blood thinners like warfarin if the LAA seals properly. It usually takes about 45 days.
How serious is a watchman procedure? Although the procedure is minimally invasive and effective, some people may experience complications during or following the procedure. Risks and complications associated with the Watchman procedure include: Cardiac tamponade. Accidental heart puncture.
What is the success rate of the Watchman procedure? Watchman device success rates
After 45 days, 92% of patients who get a Watchman device can completely stop taking blood thinners. After one year, that percentage goes up to 99%.
How long does it take to recover from Watchman procedure? How long does it take to recover after the Watchman procedure? Recovery from the Watchman procedure is quick, so you should be able to resume your normal activities of daily living after about 24 hours. We recommend no heavy lifting and pulling for seven days.