Pacemaker Implant 1/7/2019

Good evening everyone! The new pacemaker and leads are in! Got here at 10:30 am then got into surgery around 11. I woke up not feeling too great lol honestly the most painful thing was the catheter. Surgery was around 5 hours and the doctors attempted a lead extraction but my leads were so thin and so difficultly placed that whenever they tried to extract them they would just stretch and then break. After noticing this they called off the lead extraction as it would have been too risky and chances of puncturing the heart or vein were increased. So now I've got a new device, New thicker stronger leads, and two older ones in there as well! lol. In a previous post, I talked about how my doctor had planned on not going subpectoral this time around but he did end up placing the pacer subpectoral because I'm so skinny there wouldn't have been much protection had he not gone subpectoral. Overall I'm feeling ok and will be heading home tomorrow!

 

Oh, and I also asked them if I could keep my old pacemaker and they gladly gave it to me! So that should make a good souvenir!


3 Comments

good news

by Tracey_E - 2019-01-08 09:08:12

Glad they kept it subpectoral and you are ok. 

I have my first one also! It can be an interesting conversation piece.

Are you trying to rival me for spaghetti xrays?! lol

Tracey

by Brettmalec - 2019-01-08 10:08:19

Haha! Thanks Tracey! I still think your winning in the spaghetti wars! I'll have to post a picture when I get to see the X-Rays today. 😂

Robin1

by Brettmalec - 2019-01-09 01:56:01

You're welcome Robin! And thank you for your support!

You know you're wired when...

You have rhythm.

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