The decision to get WATCHMAN is shared between you and your doctor. You’ll talk about what’s important to you, your goals, and risks and benefits of the procedure. Together, you’ll decide whether WATCHMAN is the right choice for you. If so, here is what comes next.
Before - Getting Ready
1. Get insurance approval. WATCHMAN is covered for eligible Medicare patients and does not require advance approval. If you have commercial insurance, you may need prior authorization from your plan. Your doctor’s office may be able to assist.
2. Have an exam and heart scan. In addition to a physical, you may have a special test called a TEE (transesophogeal echocardiogram) which takes pictures of your heart so the doctor can see your LAA and to make sure you don’t have an existing blood clot.
3. Set the date for your WATCHMAN procedure. Your doctor and heart team will tell you how to prepare. Make sure you understand all the instructions, including what medications you should and should not take, and ask any questions you have.
The minimally invasive WATCHMAN procedure is done under general anesthesia and takes about an hour.
Your First Year with WATCHMAN, here's what you can expect: