After my "undeserved" spinal bend in July, I was diagnosed with a PFO in October.
Fortunately for me, diagnosis and treatment was covered by the Bupa medical insurance I have through my employer.
I had my PFO repaired on Monday.
In my personal timeline, the operation took no time at all - the anaesthatist said "take a couple of deep breaths on this"; "anaesthetic going in", and then I woke up in the recovery room.
All seems well so far. no problems with the entry point in the groin - just a very small wound that's healed nicely. They don't stitch it or anything, just apply a Femostop, which is a plastic dome shaped device which applies pressure on the wound for several hours afterwards.
The only side effect I'm currently having is a really sore throat and inflamed uvula. This is where they put the TOE ultrasound probe into my oesophegus (and presumably an intubation tube into my windpipe). Not a major problem, just uncomfortable.
I'm now on anti-coagulant drugs for 3 months, asprin for 6 months, and antacids for 3 months (a common side effect of the anti-coagulants is heartburn).
I have to have a checkup (and follow up bubble echocardiogram) in 6-8 weeks.
Hopefully, I'll be allowed to dive again after 3 months.