Time off

Hello all, 

I’m scheduled to get my pacemaker at the end of this month (June). I was just wondering how much time off from work people took for recovery. Thank you in advance for your help!


Time off

by AgentX86 - 2019-06-05 20:41:16

It depends on what you do for work.  You will likely be able to go back to a desk job the next day.  I had one overnight because I was dependent (AV node ablation at the same time) and they wanted to watch me for a while longer than ordinary,  I went back to work the day after that (second day after surgery). I couldn't drive for a week, though.  This end of the range depends on how you feel, though.  I felt good, so why not?

On the other hand, if you do strenuous work involving a lot of overhead motion, it could be several weeks. Talk to your doctor about this, in any case.


Unless there are complications.....

by Zackalope - 2019-06-06 23:19:25

I have heard from many they felt fine the next day.

I, however, had to drop the rest of my semester at college that year, because they 'nicked' a nerve during the surgery to implant it (which is rare) and I was in severe pain for about a month.

Like, 'shot in the shoulder' type pain. Otherwise I was ok, but had to be medicated pretty good for the nerve damage, so I couldn't do much.

Your mileage will vary, I hear a lot people are fine from the get-go.

Depends on your job

by RedRocksGirl - 2019-06-11 02:34:29

My EP suggested two weeks, but at the end of two I knew I needed one more. I got mine because of heart failure and while I immediately felt so much better after having it put in, I was still experiencing some fatigue. 

I also had mine put in subpectorally so it was more painful. I wanted to make sure to give my pec myscythe time they needed to heal (I use them to walk with crutches) so limited the use of my left arm a little. 

Also my job is working in a Kindergarten classroom so I’m in constant motion as you can imagine so that third week off was a really smart call for me! When I went back I felt great!

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