Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

CRT Pacemaker recovery

I have a question about recovery time for implantation of my CRT pacemaker. I now have a two channel St. Jude pacemaker and am going to be swapping it out for a three channel, or CRT pacemaker because of conduction issues and increasing frequent PVC's. My question is this, what is the recovery time before I can go back to work this is put in? I do pretty strenuous work that is mostly upper body related. I climb wind turbines and fix them, sometimes climbing hundreds of feet of vertical la...

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New Season of Life!

A month ago I had no idea my 65 -year-old heart wasn't working just fine.  Then came very brief waves of lightheadedness and fatigue which kept me from taking my daily 2+ mile walks. Saw Dr.  after 10 days. Normal EKG & bloodwork.  Wore a Holter Monitor  for 48 hrs.  Before we got results my symptoms increased in severity & frequency.  Sept. 1 I blacked out briefly (felt myself fade out & shake but didn't lose consciousness) whi...

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After my surgery

I had a question. I had my PM implanted 2 weeks ago i am 27 and diagnosed with SSS due to SA node dysfunction. 3 hours after my PM surgery they came to test my device and they stated that in those 3 hours i was pacing 67% of the time. Is this a high rate? I know one thing with me using it that much im sure glad i got it and since then no episodes of fainting thank god

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Micra Pacemaker from Medtronics - Nano technology is here to stay

Wow, today has been great.  Woke up feeling wonderful.   I got my pacemaker in yesterday at 10 am,  home by 6 pm.  No pain anywhere..  worst thing about the whole thing was getting shaved???    No chest wounds to deal with or wires to break  I have no arm restrictions period.. there are no wires!!!  2  Steri strip on groin only.  I will tough it out and abide by my doctors wishes not to swim, bike, dive or surf or weight li...

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lump above and below scar

i had my pacemaker inserted 2 weeks ago.

A lump formed below and above scar 

Is that normal?

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A POSITIVE LIGHT

Hi all, I finally went through with my PM implant on September 8 after fighting it to the very end. For the last 3 months I spent way to much time reading about all the things that could go wrong and how this was the end of a normal life instead of looking for the positive effects. For all the people out there sweating and worrying and reading horror stories "just like I did" I was surprised at the simplicity of the operation, in my case the entire team was well organized...

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Normal for one week out?

I am a 56 year old woman, and am a week with my pacemaker. I am still very low energy, and have pain across the upper part of my chest, especially when laying down. The good news is I have not experienced any of the lightheaded or fainting spells that precipitated the PM, so I am glad for that. My questions are: is it normal to feel the PM 'kicking in', how long does it take to be able to sleep in bed normally, and when should I be able to expect a return to a norm...

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Post-Op Recovery

Hey guys! So I had my MRI Surescan Pacemaker fit this last Tuesday. I'm 27 years old and needed it for pre-syncope and sinus arrests. I've been quite emotional since coming home from the hospital. The site doesn't hurt anymore I just have some neck and back soreness which will go away in time and my esophagus hurts from the breathing tube.

I'm wondering if any of you felt like crap with the antibiotics they give. I'm taking Amox/Clav for a week to ensure I don't...

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Arm pain

Hi there.

I had my pacemaker fitted on Wed 30th August 2017. I'm in my eighties and the pain in my arm is considerable at the moment. Is this to be expected, as I'm getting rather anxious about it. I'm still taking my post-op antibiotics and paracetamol for the pain, but they seem to be having negligible effect. Am I expecting too much too soon? Does anyone have any advice for a newby?

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Changing a duel lead pacemaker for a CRT

I have had a duel chamber PM for three years now due to AV node ablation. My ejection fraction has reduced by 5% in a year (50%-45%). The doctor said that can happen with a duel chamber PM when you are using it for a CHB. Has anyone had theirs replaced? What was the procedure like? And the post-op period?

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Av Node Soon

Had a  PM on June 9th now probably having a Av Node ablation soon I've dealt with AFIB for over 16 years with 5 ablations and too many cardeoversions to remember. Who has had an AV Node ablation and what can I expect in regards to recovery, exercise and overall thoughts with this procedure ?

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Pacemaker

I have had my pacemaker for only 2 weeks so this is all new to me. As expected, my shoulder has been a bit sore and stiff but has improved a lot. Since the pacemaker implant I have experienced a little light-headiness and a bit dizzy. Have any other members experienced this? I have been told not to use my tens machine any more, also not to do any electric arc welding, something that I do from time to time. I am flying to Australia in 9 weeks time. What happens at the airport body scanner? Do...

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Lifted my PM Arm above shoulder three times by accident, anxious about consequences

Hello All

I had Pacemaker surgery on 8/17/17 and I have been instructed to NOT lift my PM arm above my shoulders AT ALL for Four Weeks.

However, I have accidently done it on 3 seperate occasions (2 stretching and one taking off a shirt)

How concerned should I be about this? I have a doctors appointment on 9/7/17 and I don't want to wait that long to figure out the consequences. Should I go see the doctor sooner? I am not in any pain and my left arm feels great actually (...

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Introducing myself and I need tips for anxiety before surgery

Hey guys,

My name is Sera and I'm 27 years old. I'm getting a pm this coming tuesday for sinus arrests, the longest being 4 seconds. I had the option of wearing a loop recorder for 3 years but my EP advised me that I would need a pm eventually as my symptoms would be getting worse.

Before knowing what was wrong, I went through a rollercoaster of going from specialist to specialist and having SO many tests done. It has been emotionally taxing. All of this occured in April o...

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Newbie with questions here

Hello all ~~

Friday I met with the EP to go over the "known" results of the holter monitor from last week. I needed it more for the insurance company and not for him to decide that due to the bradycardia and SSS I needed a PM.

So today on my 64th birthday I finally settled down to Dr. Google to research the procedure and products used. The EP Doctor is recommending an MRI 2 lead pacer by Boston. Any thoughts?

I'm going to assume that the procedure is done eithe...

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Pacemaker surgery

Hi guys, so my girlfriend's doctor adviced her to have a pacemaker surgery.. But she's too scared to do it.. So if you guys would be ao kind to post or comment on how the surgery will go and what to expect, you know, just to boost her confidence. Tell her how it changes your lives etc etc

Ps.

Please dont scare her hehe thank you guys

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Gimpy Arm?

Am just under 3 months post-op on PM implant, left side, subcutaneous, axillary vein access. Soon developed ipsilateral (same side) shoulder pain that seems to have evolved into a overall "gimpy" feeling over left arm. Have found some research stating this is not an uncommon issue. 

Anyone else experience this? Am doing some exercises that don't seem to be helping. Maybe too soon? Have follow-up appointment with docs in 3 weeks but am wondering what others have done i...

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Can I get a shadow fade 36 hours after surgery?

My pacemaker surgery was completed on 8/17/17 11:00pm. I normally get a haircut around this time, would it be safe for me to get a haircut now? I feel so stiff and I would hate if the barber moving my head/spinning the chair cause damage to my pacemaker.

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Pacemaker. Af

i thank everybody for there messages I have a pacemaker check in 2 weeks and I will ask some questions so thanks again j

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pacemaker pause

Hi..

I had pacemaker few days ogo and the pulses pauses for one second two to four times every minutes. Can someone tell me if that is normal and what i have to do.  Thank you

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