What were they doing?
During my recent pacemaker implant, I was of course heavily sedated but woke up during the procedure to a lot of pain - it felt like something was being jammed into my chest (above my left breast). When I started talking (hello that hurts!) the doctor said that I shouldn't talk because it could collapse my lung. What I'm wondering is...what was he doing? I thought the leads were fed in through veins, so what could collapse a lung?
I read in someone else's post here about the surgery itself (the subject was "it's not just "minor" surgery") and they referred to the fact that an incision is made into a major muscle. I know that the muscles in my upper left chest were extremely sore, but I didn't know they have to make an incision in one.
I haven't seen my doctor yet for my follow-up and so haven't had a chance to ask him. Can anyone here tell me in more than the general non-scary terms we all have read what they really do during an implant?
By the way, my doc did a great job and I'm doing lots better.
You know you're wired when...
You have a maintenance schedule just like your car.
I've seen many posts about people being concerned about exercise after having a device so thought I would let you know that yesterday I raced my first marathon since having my pacemaker fitted in fall 2004.