Just got it 3 weeks ago. Instead of a one hour procedure, I stayed 6 days in the hospital.
The procedure went wrong: by introducing one of the two probes into the subclavian vein, it penetrated the pleura, causing a pneumothorax. It was necessary to transfer me urgently in pneumatology to introduce in the lung a probe in order to evacuate the air and the water which accumulated. The doc tried several times to bring this pipe into my ribcage (it had frozen me very superficially at the hole). I never felt such pain but it had to be repeated 3 days later at another part of the chest because the fluids were not did not be emptied. I stayed on a suction machine for 6 days, unable to get up,enduring the worst pain, day and night, despite the large amount of morphine and other sedatives, I believe. The nights especially seemed endless. I ate almost nothing, and I do not speak of painful efforts for other needs, with the help of the staff, who each time tore out moans of pain. I am slowly recovering from this great upheaval surrounded by kindness and constant attention of my partner. Still hoping to play tennis and pickleball again.
You know you're wired when...
Your electric tooth brush interferes with your device.
The pacer systems are really very reliable. The main problem is the incompetent programming of them. If yours is working well for you, get on with life and enjoy it. You probably are more at risk of problems with a valve job than the pacer.