Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

Post Op

I had my pacemaker fitted and developed a sort of pericarditis from the leads. The pain was excruciating. I spent 3 days in high care.   I have just got home and still feeling pain from the inflammation.   Just want to heal so I can get back in my horse.   Has anybody experienced this?  

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1 day post op and going home.

I did it!  Man, I was scared. I got a Boston  Scientific Accolade L331 dual chamber. Thank you for all of your help.

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Having pacemaker surgery whilst breastfeeding

Hi there

has anyone continued breastfeeding whilst having a pacemaker put in?

i have a 5 month old baby and may need my first pacemaker in the next few weeks. 

My baby is currently exclusively breastfeed, although will take a bottle if needed.  

Has anyone managed to continue breastfeeding post surgery?  If so, any tips on how to do this as smoothly as possible.

also, for those of you will little ones, how did you go with lifting/caring for your ch...

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Activities One Week After Implant

I am about one week from having my PM implanted. Worried about wires attached in my heart. Asked the nurse before I left the hospital that as long as I kept my left arm below shoulder height is it ok to run my riding lawn mower. She said that would not be an issue even with some rough spots in the yard. Worried about this causing problems with the leads. Any thoughts??? 

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Side sleeping and ICD movement?

I had my ICD put in 1 month ago and so far so good I think. I'm a side sleeper and I cuddle pillows to keep my body stable and I don't roll too much. The week after I had it put in I woke up to the feeling of the pacemaker feeling extra odd and when i looked down I could see it had flipped on its side, I poked it back into place and it hasn't happened again. I know that eventually the scar tissue will grow around it and hold it in place but it still continues to move a little as I...

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Swollen ankles, very Tired

Had avnode ablation total pacemaker dependent since nov 2012,  had no problems until 3 months ago and now had a heart cath done in May 2017, no block arteries, Dr found that the pressure is very high and my pro bnp is very high. Dr has put me on rx of 80mg lasix plus toprol xl. Is this normal after 5 years of being total pacemaker dependent, my pacemaker has 2 years of battery life and all the numbers look good for the pacemaker,  By the end of my work day I am exhaused and mt...

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Post surgery

Hello,

I had my pacemaker implant about 2 months ago. The area around the device it is still sore and from time to time I need to take Tylenol. Is this normal? How long do I need to wait until this soreness goes away?

Thank you.

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Neurocardiacgenic Syncope and Pacemakers

I was wondering if anyone with neurocardiac genic syncope has a pacemaker and did it  help? Is there a certain type that is better?  Did it alleviate the presyncope symptoms?  Any advice would be helpful!  Might be going next month to get one.  

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4 days post dual procedure

Hi all-- Considering I had back-to-back days of sedation and incisions to reattach the strayed lead from the first day, I'm feeling pretty good, "lucky" it happened while still in the hospital. I know I'll be seeing the nurse for the first post-op check in a few days, so have been preparing questions. The only thing I'm wondering about at the moment is this harder pounding heartbeat I have intermittently throughout the day, just gets distracting...

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Weight fluctuation after pacemaker?

Hi! I just got a pacemaker 6 days ago and was wondering if it will have any effect on my weight? I had a baby 5 months ago and have about 15 lbs to lose...I'm sure the extra energy will help me workout harder once the doc gives the ok. But my heart rate was in the high 30s to low 40s pre-surgery and now it's 70. I'd think that major of a change would have some effect on my metabolism but I don't know which way it would go...

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6 weeks post implant

A slightly bizarre question   But I am six weeks post Medtronic pacemaker implant. Tomorrow I am seeing my cardilogist for the first time. Is there any questions that I should ask, I'm still a bit confused as to How my pacemaker adjusts for sport, increased pulse. Etc. is there also questions that you asked and for good answers to (that I may not think of) or questions that you wish younhad asked at the time. Thanks in advance. Jason 

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Pain with pectoral implant

I had a pacemaker placed under my pectoral muscle 4 days ago. The pain is still excruciating. Pain meds barely touch it. Is this normal

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Pacemaker Log, Day 3 - AM PostOp - Lost Lead

Morning All - I'll be experiencing one of the issues I've read about here, fixing a lost lead. 

If I hadn't already read about this here, I'm sure I would not be so calm. I knew what the problem likely was as soon as I was asked if I already had breakfast.

Anyway, one of the leads did not clamp where/as it should have and went "way down" somewhere. I'd like to think this really just means an added day to recovery, but we need to ge...

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Pacemaker log, PostOp

First: All done, all good so far, after Recovery and being settled in room.  Taking it easy but dressed myself and walked around a bit (very cautiously); been busy on the cellphone. Was very hungry (seems nothing interferes with my appetite, darn), was blessed with a warm muffin in Recovery, and a lite, sensible meal at 5:05 pm. Good thing I brought healthy snacks. 

Pre-Op was practically a blur, talking and doing things with&n...

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Pacemaker Log

Pacemaker Log – Day 1, Night Before Procedure

Hi All – I’m not the least bit terrified, frightened, or even a smidgent apprehensive about my scheduled pacemaker (pm) implant surgery tomorrow morning, so I thought I’d start noting why…

I realize I am fortunate to have been heading toward this first pm for about a year since my heart attack last April, meaning I’ve had plenty of advance time to research and acclimate to the idea of it all. I&rsqu...

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Local Anesthesia

I received my 1st PM on April 18th.  Everything went well during the procedure, could feel and hear them pushing the device into the pocket.. that I could handle, no problem.  But then the local started wearing off and I could feel them suturing me up.  I mean, I could feel the curvature of the needle and the sutures being pulled through my skin.  I finally let out a moaning sound and they asked if I could feel that, as if they were shocked.  They responded by te...

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Replacement

I went for a device check and was told to come back in 2 months that my battery was around 17%. I am permanently paced, for fast and irregualr arrythmias. Sorry for the spelling Im so used to auto correct

How are you kept alive during the switch?  And I was told this would most likely be done out patient.  WIll there be someone from the manufacturer there to program it up like the  first time.  The first time I was in overnite and then had it set the next d...

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ICD device and wire are protruding

Good evening, 

Has anyone have the issue of PM or ICD wearing skin thin with potential danger of coming out? Or the wire is protruding with the danger of breaking off the skin leading to serious infection?

My husband was put in a pacemaker in 2015, within 11 months he went through second surgery to replace PM with an ICD. A year later after the ICD was put in, he was told that he would need another surgery to fix his wire protruding issue. We have noticed that his ICD is...

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5 weeks post implant / settings still not right

I have had my PM for a little over 5 weeks. No adjustments have been made to the PM at all during this time. I had one in office interrogation and 2 via my home monitor. Prior to surgery I was on Bystolic. After surgery Flecanide was added. I have SSS or Tachy/Brady syndrome. Pacemaker was put in so the could treat the Tachy part with meds but have the PM as backup for the Brady part.  The combination of Flecanide and Bystolic and PM gave me low BP so they removed the FLecanide. BP was s...

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Recovery time

Hi everyone!  54 yo female, first PM put in in 2007.  Last week I got my 2nd PM put in.  This time I had a broken lead that needed to come out, and they replaced the generator as well I am a little concerned as it is one week tomorrow and still very sore and tired. Has this happened to anyone else and is the recovery time longer than getting only the generator changed? Thank you all so much in advance for any light you can shed on me! 

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