Pace maker obvious

It has been 4 weeks since PM implant, is it normal to have half of it protruding quite a bit?  Will it be less obvious in time?  Thanks for info....


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Protrusion

by Theknotguy - 2019-02-07 17:54:41

How much your pacemaker protrudes depends upon your body type, how hydrated you are, amount of body fat, and all sorts of things.  Some people say theirs protrudes more, others less.  Robin1 said it very well.  And sometimes it protrudes less when the swelling goes down from the implant surgery. 

I've had my pacemaker for five years now.  Some days it sticks out more than others.  It usually disappears during the Christmas binge then shows up again after I'm taking off the weight.  

Hope everything else is going well for you.  
 

it varies

by dwelch - 2019-02-12 03:21:54

I got my first pacer over 30 years ago they were pretty big then, are smaller now.  But icds are bigger than pacers yes, need a bigger battery.  with time they will get smaller.

My first doc told me that your body will want to smooth it out.  I was pretty skinny then, not so much now.  it did smooth out some, but pacer number two was smaller and pacer number 4 was this tiny little thing, I could hardly find the edges of.  number five is larger as I have a biventrical now. 

I have multiple scars, a broken lead, basically four leads going down one side which not everyone can handle.  removing leads back then is not like today, had it broken today they probably would have taken it out.  at the end of the day though, they can give me a new scar every time, and it can stick halfway or all the way out.  damn glad I have this thing.  I simply wouldnt be here without it.

Realistically though only time will tell for you specifically as to what your body does with it, how much it tries to smooth out the edges and round the whole thing off.

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