Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

new pacemaker

Hi, I have had a pacemker fitted last week and adjuting to it and to the recovery process. I keep feeling occassional twinges in the site area and heart and unsure if this is my anxiety or something to worry about? I wasn't expecting the pacemaker, I had a routine ECG after reporting getting breathless whilst running and my acupuncturist telling me my ankles were swollen. I was told my heartbeat was erratic and dropping as low as 30 and that I had to get tohosptalasap and no I c...

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Back to Normal Activities?

I had my pacemaker surgery on June 16th and hit my 6 week post-implantation mark this week.  I called the pacemaker clinic nurse to ask about resuming normal activities and she gave me the all clear (OK to raise arm over head, lifting, all other regulular activities that I was doing before the procedure).

Does this 6 week recovery period fit the bill for most folks?  Should I continue to be a bit cautious for another month or so?  I'm feeling well with just a ver...

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How much pain did you experience following your Pacemaker and/or ICD implant?

Dear Members,

Over recent months, several members of the Pacemaker Club have expressed a wish to know how many of us experienced pain following implant of our devices, the nature and extent of that pain and how it affected different age groups and gender.   

A survey has now been set up with the kind help of Club members and the link to the survey is given below. Should you decide to participate in this voluntary survey and I hope you will, I would like to reassure you&n...

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Very concerned...

I had my Pacemaker installed last Saturday..  Last night I went tothe emergency room because my left arm andleft hand had swollen up... They done a Cat Scan, drew blood and checked forblood clots.. All checked out normal... My blood pressure and heart rate was good also.... The selling went down and they released me.... This morning I woke up and my hand was swollen again... I called the doctors office who installed the Pacemaker, it's Saturday, they are closed...  so I called t...

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Heart rate

Just wondering what most people have their heart rate set at after getting the pacemaker and why they start out at 80 and eventually go to 60.

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Getting it out

Hi, I'm not looking to start a debate or anything, but I was wondering if legally I could request my device to be removed. I don't want it anymore. Would a doctor honour that?

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Scar after ICD removal?

Hi PM/ICD'ers,

I just had my ICD removed entirely and it looks like the scar is going to be a pretty gnarly, raised hypertrophic/keloid type. It was already red and very uncomfortable for most of the past 14 months I've had it in, but it looks like it's about to be a lot worse, considering they went in directly through the old scar to remove it. 

Does anyody have any experience with this and what I can expect? And what I can do to fix it once it heals/let it...

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Doctor office appt Tues 7/12/2021 - PM surgery scheduled for August 16

Hi Everyone,

I made a list of q for appointment tomorrow (Tues July 13) with my electrophysiologist. But most of my questions are about aftercare, which the doctor may or may not be the person to discuss that with. (Maybe the Nurse Navigator?) I will post questions about that after tomorrow, if necessary. For now, I would appreciate you folks suggesting what questions specifically I should ask my doctor at tomorrow's appt.

So far I have *is this pacemaker safe for MRI?  *...

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Did Any Other Women Have This Issue?

Hi everyone! In June 2020, I had two ICD surgeries in two days. Within hours of the first surgery, I could feel the ICD in my breast, far from the incision area. I told the nurses, but they dismissed my concerns. Then it started beeping. No one could explain why, and I'm concerned it's going to deliver a shock. I insisted on a chest x-ray, which was performed the next morning. The x-ray confirmed my suspicions: the ICD lead snapped and dragged the de...

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Pain and short of breath

Hi everyone. :)

I'm new to having a pacemaker, so I'm really glad I found this forum.

I'm a 30 year old female and just got my first ever pacemaker inserted 2 weeks ago. I had to get it due to me fainting out of nowhere one day and turns out I have 3rd degree heart block. 
 

The healing process has been rough. No one told me what's normal and not normal so I've been to the ER like 3 times so far only to be told everything is okay on both my...

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Pain

Thx especially to Gemita for all ur feedback most appreciated & to all others that responded. I'm going through a rough time having to depend on others for assistance at this time . 

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Pain

Hi all, glad i found this site ! Great to get advice from others who have been through some of the same issues. First where on the site can I go to read the concerns of others past & present & member quotes. I had my pm implanted in Feb 2021 all went well for the first 2 months felt fine ,u could barely see it ,  then 3rd month pm started to migrate to axilla area ,very uncomfortable & causing pain in my shoulder & side of neck. MD said he only sutured it with 1 row of su...

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pool water

I've had my stiches removed a week ago... how soon can I get the incision wet by dunking in a pool? I have showered already.

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50 year old newbie.

Just got my pacemaker installed on Wednesday.  I got av node ablation and a 3 lead insertion.  I'm 100% dependant.

So far recovery is going well, i think.  No pain, but I do feel occasional palpatations which worry me.  I thought this was supposed to stop that.

This whole experience is terrifying.  I have no reference to determine what sort of things I should be concerned about.

I suppose I should just suck it up and be glad to open my eyes...

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New to the PM club

Hi all,
I had my PM surgery for a dual chamber St. Jude's this past Weds., it went smoothly afaik. One moment I was chatting with the nurses as the doc was putting on the anesthetic, the next they told me they were all done and I was getting wheeled out of the cath lab and back to recovery. Since then aside from a few odd throbs the day of surgery all I've had painwise are the expected achiness by my collar at the implant site and what feels almost like there's something in m...

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What to expect in recovery?

I am an active 68 year old woman who received an emergency PM implant 5 days ago for a complete heart block that developed very quickly.  My heart rate was 36 in the emergency room and I had significant shortness of breath with minor exertion for 3 days prior to hospitalization. A minth ago, I had a calcium ct scan which was fine and an echocardiogram to monitor my mitral valve, which has been stable for years. I was feeling very pleased with my cardiac health.&n...

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Surgery

I receive my unit on the 28th of this month. I am having a lot of anxiety. I have a low heart rate that borders on bradycardia and I'm having frequent PVCs that are symptomatic. When they try any meds to control the PVCs it drops my heart rate down and I get lightheaded. They are hoping the the pacemaker combined with beta blockers will get me lined out. Thankfully I have no "plumbing" issues. All of mine are "electrical" but still very scary for me. 

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Post Op Recovery

I had a PM inserted on 6/4/21. I am curious on how long it took for PM incision to compoletely heal over?. Also with most restrictions on the 4-6 week timeframe, How many of you were cleared to resume activities?, and what activities, if any were still restricted after the initial 4-6 week time period, assuming your healing recovery had no complications. Thanks, just wanted to get a general idea from those who have gone through this.

I am a very activer person, and wanted a feeling of w...

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Not able to breathe while lying down on bed in any position

Hi there, My dad had pacemaker implantation one month before and after that he started shortness of breath when we was lying on bed in any position. We had xray , blood test and ecg and all looks normal. Doctor says its after effect of pcemaker and asking us not to think too much and try to ignore and it will go awa with time. I just wanted to take your opinion as well on this one, any suggestion will be really helpful. Thanks

 

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After Surgery

I had a lead extraction done on June 3rd and a new Defib/pacer MRI compatible put in. Tonight June 9th my incision is leaking a light pink fluid. Is that normal or should I get it check out.

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