My 89 year old husband has AFIB. He is on Eliquis. His new Cardiologist has recommended inserting a device in his heart called WATCHMAN, which is a left appendage closure device. The doctor said that if it is inserted, he can get off blood thinners. I had never heard of it and I wonder if anyone on this forum has. As far as I know he would not be put out all the way, just a local anesthetic, like you would get when they do a Angiogram.
Since Hubby is in the middle stages of Alzheimer's, I don't think I would be interested if they put him to sleep because I hear that is not good for dementia patients.