Newbie - Lead Doesn‘t Have Enough Slack?
I got my Biotronik dual-chamber pacemaker on July 20th this year. The scar has healed up fairly well now.
Yesterday I experienced some neck and chest pain, and decided to go to the hospital to be on the safe side. (I felt like there was a "gurgling" sensation as well when my heart would beat, so I panicked a bit.)
They checked me out at the hospital and the pain eventually subsided. They didn't see anything that might be causing the pain, but they did of course check my heart and pacemaker, since the implant was just a few weeks ago.
The doc said that the atrial lead didn't have enough slack, and said I should undergo another surgery to have it readjusted. He said that the pacemaker is still functioning correctly right now, but since I'm young, he believes eventually I will dislodge it if it isn't repositioned.
I am actually visiting family out of town at the moment, so it was a different cardiologist who checked me out this time. He was pretty insistent that if I were his patient he wouldn't leave the lead where it is. I asked him for a copy of the x-rays so I could show my cardiologist at home at our first post-surgery check-up in a few weeks.
I have had a hard time recovering from the surgery so far and would really prefer not to have to reopen the wound and spend even more time trying to heal. I'm also anxious about having another operation because of the possibility of infection or other complications.
Do any of you who have had leads repositioned in the past have any advice for me? Should I just go ahead with the surgery, or does it make sense to wait a few weeks to get a second opinion from my own cardiologist? Is the surgery to reposition a lead shorter/easier than the pacemaker implant surgery? Maybe I'm making too big a deal out of a simple procedure. Thanks again for all your support!
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Do feel free to contact the manufacturer of your device. I have found them to be quite helpful when I have had questions and concerns.