Magnet placed on pacemaker due Direct Laryngoscopy procedure
I had a direct laryngoscopy (removal of a cyst on my throat). The anesthesiologist placed a magnet on top of my pacemaker to allow the surgeon to work with her instruments. The reason was the throat was too close to the the pacemaker. After the surgery, I noticed my heart was very weak, and my pacemaker was pacing at a fast rate. I then consulted with my pacemaker nurse who did a repacing to slow down the rate. I noticed though after se did that, the number of years left for my battery went down from 1 year 7 months to 1 year 3 months. It was put in on Feb 17, 2011. I am just sharing with everyone. Also if you have any similar experience of having a magnet placed on your pacemaker. please share. For this surgery I was told to have MRI prior, but the release I had to sign listed very disturbing things that could go wrong with my pacemaker, including my possible death, so I decided to go with CT scan. I try to pay attention so I can make better decision.