Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

Newbie

  I am 64 male. Workout 3 to 4 times aweek. I power walk at least 12 miles a week. A week before inncodent was on my walk when I got very dizzy. Thought it was dehydration. May 19th I passed out home. Second time in a year and a half. EMT transported me to ER. By the time I got there they had a hard finding pulse. I was quickly upgrade to code red. They finnaly found a pulse it was 15. They gave me an external pacemaker as they prepared me for the OR. Later I awoke the proud new own...

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day after surgery.

hey everyone,

 

so i had my lovely new micra ppm implanted yesterday and the operation went amazingly xx what an amazing team i had.

i am feeling rather woozy today though and i feel like my heart is being a little naughty  still every now and then..... i take it i will still feel like that but this is where my micra helps? i guess i'm looking for reassurance really as my micra is there to stop my pauses.... but when i feel a thud or a irregular beat i'...

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wound treatment

I just got my pacemaker 12 days ago.Had bandages removed today. Pretty ugly scar. Anyone have any ideas on healing this zipper?

 

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wound healing

I just had my pm battery replaced. Which, as you know, the doctor just changes out the entire device replacing it with a new one. The thing about my wound is it is itchy and I have just one little strip of adhesive over the incision area. Would it be okay for me to remove that tape. I noticed some dry hardened, almost blackish scabby crusts flaking off from inderneath the tape. . I only have two days before my new device check. I'm afraid of getting any type of topical infection...

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Surgery tomorrow

I'm having  surgery  tomorrow  and am very nervous  about the whole situation.  Any advice?

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Recent pacemaker battery replaced.

I had my battery replaced Monday. I posted then becauase that didn’t go so smooth and now it looks like one end of my incision might not be looking so good. I noticed yesterday it was redder than the rest of it. Then today quite a bit redder. Then I noticed it was oozing just in that spot. It was glued shut so it’s been completely dry and glue is still there. Is this normal for a week out or is this a sign it could be getting infected? 

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Re-Birth Day

Well, June 11, 2003 about this time of day.  I had just arrived home with my new sailboard, we were transferring it to the garage, I felt odd, really odd. I told my daughter to call 911. I felt the life pour out of me.  The meat wagon arrived very quick, they were a block away from our home when the call reached them.  No defibrillator so chest compressions & a bag.  I was transported to the local fire station for their defibrillator. Then on to the hospital.  The...

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Infection and more surgery

What are club members' experiences with infection? I had my original pacer replaced and the incision site began to drain like crazy, So the doctor went back in in a second surgery to widen and clean the pocket. The incision site looks a lot better, but the doctor says I have infection in the pocket. He said I need a removal surgery and then a surgery to put the pacer on the other side of the chest. Really??? Has anyone else had to do this? What's it like?  Thanks!

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ROUTINE CATARACT SURGERY AND PACEMAKERS

Usually cataract surgery is done with local anesthesia and maybe a bit of consious sedation. Is it usually  the case that a PM tech is necessary to be in the OR? Does the eye doc request some sort of clearance from the pactient's EP cardiologist? Anyone have experience with cataract surgery?

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Tired

I had a pc put in 3 weeks ago. I am still very tired and sleepy all the time. Is this to be expected.

Thanks

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Dull pain across PM site

Hi

Anyone experienced a dull pain and pain into the left arm 4 weeks post surgery?

All has been ok until now... no pain at all last week.

Thanks 

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Neck pain

4 weeks post surgery and getting a lot of neck pain. Pain stems from above collar bone up the side of my neck.

Anyone got any tips or thoughts if this is normal?

Thanks

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RECOVERY SETBACK AND ANXIETY

Hi all.

Medtronic Surescan implanted for AV Block, second degree, on 5/21/18. Healthy, active 45 yo female and all went well. Woke up at 3:30 am a week later to tickling on my chest - was blood seeping from incision. Doctor admitted me and cleaned it up on a Weds and sent me home with antibiotics. Thursday night I had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics and was admitted again. Friday morning they did surgery again to cauterize the heck out of me because my blood was not clotting and...

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A Newbie from the UK.

I found this club a couple of days ago, and already a couple of questions have been answered. I now know that the rather lumpy  area over my PM  will probably get much flatter, also it is quite normal to still feel pretty tired  12 days after the implant - being 74 next month cannot help!  Grateful thanks to the  founder and the members of the club.

Typical story here - I felt dizzy, husband realised my pulse was  very slow, spoke to emergency services...

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incision site care

Hi. I’m fairly new at this. I had HIS BUNDLE, 2 lead pacemaker implanted just 4 weeks ago. 

I had the glue over my incision instead of bandages and I did leave on for over a week. 

My question is, how soon can I start to use Mederma or silicone patches. The area is still very sensitive and sore. I find myself using gauze w loose fitting bandaid to keep some clothing from irritating it. Seatbelt is still a problem and use towel to cushion.

Any suggestions woul...

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Newbie

Hi! I'm a 60 year old female and just got the pacemaker on 5/22. My husband had the impression I would be on my feet and ready to to go by now. I haven't noticed a big difference. I am a side sleeper and that is probably why I am tired. But I was also wondering, I've been having some sort of pain in the middle of my chest when I breathe. Do you think it's something to be concerned about? I have enjoyed reading the messages on the site.

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Question

Ok i had my reconnection of my lead wirers this pass thursday. I am supposed to be doing back therphy  for my sciatic nerve ive had to cancel 3 times as of now. My first vist to see my dr is not till wed of next week. I was told do not lift my left arm above should height but they didnt tell me for how long . Im wanting to start therphy but im not sure how long i have to wait any one have any idea on this thank you

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CRT-D To be inserted in JUly

After 3 months of meds, Entresto, a beta blocker, a diuretic and a statin, my LVEF is still around 20%, and my lbbb hasn't improved much and my cardiologist said I need a CRT-D. This is to go in around July.
Any feedback as to what to expect is greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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pain and swelling

sorry to keep hopping on, but I am now a little over 48 hours post-op and I am feeling alot of pressure and swelling from the site to side under arm I guess..   How long should this pressure feeling last?   I'm afraid to move this arm and maybe its making it worse.   Thx ahead for any feedback!

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Joined y’all Monday

Hi there. Got a Medtronic installed Monday, 5/21. I’m an active 45 yo woman who was suddenly feeling faint, dizzy, short of breath, etc. No prior medical history or meds (competed on the TV show Survivor twice in the past 5 years!). Went to cardiologist last week, wore a monitor 2 days and they called Friday and said to report for PM Monday. Still in shock but home now.

recovery question: pain is moderate but last night I was short of breath multiple times, dizzy/faint, and felt a...

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