I know some of you have had complications but I seem to have been one of the lucky individuals for whom the surgery and recovery went smoothly. I'm 3 months and 6 days post implant and this morning over coffee I noted that I was completely physically unaware of the PM, surgery site or anything out of the ordinary. The incision is completely healed with very minimal scaring - really just a line about two inches long. No discomfort from the PM pocket. No awareness of pacing. I have full mobility of my arms and reasonable ability to exercise (I need to get back into shape over the next few months). On the positive side - I no longer have dizzy spells (from long pauses) and my blood pressure seems to stabilize after standing (like getting out of bed) much quicker than before. Now I'm still working on finding the right blood pressure meds - lisinopril caused a nagging cough and beta blockers had their normal living in a fog impact. I spoke with my EP this morning on the phone and we're trying a different drug combo starting tomorrow. I would recommend minimizing the number of different caregivers - if you can. My sole cardiologist is now my EP, he did the PM surgery, does all PM interrogations and adjustments and treats me with respect - we make medical decisions jointly after a discussion of pros/cons and alternatives.
It is important to present and discuss issues/problems on this forum. However, I think it is also important to describe positive outcomes and experiences so that those with problems know different results are possible and to also let those with recent or pending implants know that for at least some of us - the surgery and living with the devices are not that bad.