Pocket hematoma

Had a pacemaker and defibrillator put in a week ago Monday and now have a computer mouse sized bulge in the site of the implant; seems to be getting slightly larger Called Dr office but little information   Anyone had this problem?? And what happened???



by Pacer2019 - 2024-02-01 16:13:56

I had one installed Medtronic Cobalt XT HF Quad CRT-D.

Seems about mouse size...lot of brusing and had some swelling.

Its  been 3 weeks now.


They removed my other one which seemed much smaller


by Amcraig - 2024-02-01 17:33:35

The devise is small but the pocket has swelled to a very large hard bulge.  From what I can figure it is filled with blood.  Checking to see if anyone has been through this 


by new to pace.... - 2024-02-01 17:48:11

I am not a medical person, if you are concerned you should go to the ER and have it checked out.

new to pace


by Pacer2019 - 2024-02-01 18:24:27

I do rememebr tey mentioned they were putitng in some type of antibiotic "pouch"  ut dont know what that means and dint pay much attention.

I had a single wire one before ... this one seems much larger to me- 

Seems normal, but....

by R2D2 - 2024-02-01 20:29:03

I have a Medtronic quad CRT-D as well... and that size sounds about right. There is a lot of swelling for a few weeks after the surgery and it is plenty sore; at least it was for me. Mine took a couple of months to look more "normal" but the healing process took longer too. I've had mine since July 17 and am still experiencing soreness sometimes and a feeling like there's a rock in my chest where the implant is. 

However, it's never a bad idea to talk to your doctor who put it in and make sure nothing is wrong. The pocket they have to make to accomodate the larger device takes longer to heal so hang in there. 

Has a doctor actually looked at your wound site?

by Gemita - 2024-02-02 01:51:57

Amcraig, your best course of action would be to get this looked at properly to rule out any infection?  

Although some swelling, bruising can be normal following device implant, we don’t want to be missing an infection in the pocket which could spread quickly down the leads to your heart.  If this were to happen, you could be facing complete removal of your device and leads.

When you called the doctor’s office, what advice did they give you?  Did you actually show the swollen area to a doctor?

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