Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

Joined the club

Since this morning. About 3 hrs post-op and so far everything looks good

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25 year old MALE PM Newbie with some questions

Good Day all, Brand new to the club I am a 25 year old psychotherpaist in Anchroage AK my surgery is less than a week away, I am extrmely active lifting and in the gym plus HIIT cardio at lest 5-7 times per week and hr a day. I am very thin as well and all of this came as a suprise they will be implanting it behind the muscle whihc I was told will prolong recovery time. I want to get back to my regualr routine as quick as possible, the gym is my happy place as many of you may feel the sa...

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Sore.... weeks after surgery

Hi guys! I got my PM almost six weeks ago. I had been feeling great, back to myself, and virtually no pain. Five days ago I was simply vacuuming and picking up a few things around my house (nothing too heavy or over my shoulder) I then began to feel a soreness to where the incision line is and around it. It still is slightly swollen, sore, and even a bit painful to make some movements. I am I doing too much too soon? Call the doctor?! Help!

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Pacemaker interference HELP

I'm 23 I got my pacemaker implanted in September. The four months that have passed since getting it have basically been a breeze once I adjusted. Earlier today I rode with my husband to town. He was trying to put a radio in our car, and hooked up 2 speakers to the radio to test them out. He put them in the passenger side floor board at my feet while we went to town. On the way home I started feeling really bad, I was really dizzy. Once we got home, I was so weak and dizzy he had to help m...

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Pacemaker named Pierce

Wednesday is my day, the day I receive a pacemaker my son has named Pierce. My implanted loop recorder, which will be removed, is named Ned. :)

I know that everyone is different, but I would appreciate hearing your experiences with right after receiving the pacemaker. How did you feel? Could you tell a difference in the first 24 hours? How did your incision feel? All information, tips and experiences are welcome :) My mother is on her 3rd (bad electrical genes), but she can no long...

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Pacemaker removal

I had a Medtronic Pacemaker put in in 2012 because of a slow heart rate.  My body rejected the wires and caused blockage in my aorta.  They call it vena cava oculission. Had angioplasty in Dec. 2016. The blockage was as hard as cement.  Balloon did not work.  They started opening the blockage with a small wire.  They gradually used balloon.  My flow of blood was as big a a piece of yarn.  My symptoms went away for about a week. (Choking sensation,...

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New pacemaker

Hi All, just had a pacemaker implanted 1 week ago. Went back to work 5 days after. Never had any heart issues prior to this, so am still adjusting to my new reality. Don't really feel any big improvement in fatigue or energy level since surgery, but, hoping that will improve. My first follow up checkup with cardiologist is a week from Monday. Will probably relax a little more after that. Thanks for this group. I think it'll be a real help in the future.

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Mother

My mother is 74 years old and is in not very good health. She is in the early stages of dementia, has had a least 1 stroke, just finished a 9 month battle of C-def, a scare with congestive heart failure and now the doctors wan to implant a CRT-D to help control her heart. Her left ventricle is no longer working and I'm not sure why they are recommending to perform this procedure. Can anyone shed some light on this topic for me? I'm not digging the grave, but I'm not sure her...

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Defibrillator

Hello to all. 

I had a lead extraction operation back in Oct 2016.

Its my Second set of leads replacement since 2005

Since my surgery my left arm from the top of my finger tips to my shoulder are swollen. 

When im using my left arm cleaning/ working or just general use my arm swells up even more. To the piont my vains become larger. 

The wound is still very tender but i was putting it down to a normal recovery.

But im a little worri...

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newby with defib/pacemaker

I just received my unit a week ago 1/20/17. Never knew what it felt like to have a baby elephant use your chest for a trampoline before. My heart is enlarged and my left ventrical is large "abnormal anatomy". My surgery took much longer than normal as they could not get the 3rd lead into the left ventrical to stay. They did get it into the vein once. I have follow up with the Dr on the 9th of Feb, at wich time we will discuss a surgeon that will implant the 3rd wire. I am not worrie...

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Should I still hurt 6 weeks on?

Hi I had my pacemaker 6 weeks ago my scar is still pulling ans sore, the out side looks fine but the pain Feels  like it's on the inside? Should it still be painful this far along? 

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Sleeping With My PM

Sleeping with my PM - that sounds a little risqué but unfortunately we all know the PM is my pacemaker.

So I've had the PM for almost three weeks now and I haven't slept through the night once yet. Since the first few days I stay in bed and eventually fall asleep again. When I wake up during the night I feel my heart is beating pretty fast. I'm sure that it is just beating at 60 bpm but it just feels like a lot because I'm trying to sleep. I guess I'...

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Massage

My left shoulder is not frozen...it is just all knots!  And it is painful!  I have been moving it around alot and trying to rub out the knots on my own.  I am used to getting massages once a month.  I am two weeks post-procedure.  Are massages okay at this point as long as they leave the pacemaker alone?  I know I can use heat on my back and shoulder.  

Thanks!

diana

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Post PM Implementation Meeting With Doctors

Had my first post-op meeting with the doctors today and I must be the luckiest guy in the world.

I had the PM implementation and two stents put into the middle heart artery. Turns out the problem is completely electrical and is "fixed" by the PM. I am pacing at 100% - no communication at all between the upper and lower parts of the heart. I had a 75% blockage in the middle heart artery (widow maker artery) but I have no heart damage at all. Per the doctors, comp...

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Two Weeks With My PM/1st Post Op Mtg w/Doctors

Today marks 2 weeks since I got my PM/2 stents and I have my first post op meeting with the doctors tomorrow. I have a lot of questions but not sure I have the right questions. Here are a few I have - any other suggestions?

What the hell happened to me and why?

     Did I do something to bring it on?

     Just genetics?

     Was my heart damaged?

What can't I do going forward?

What should...

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New PM recipient

Hi, all!

This is my first post.

On 1/4/17 I had an incident while wearing a LINQ monitor, that turned out to be a 13-second heart pause. We decided this had been my fifth such incident in 4 years, and we went ahead and implanted a Boston Scientific Accolade MRI EL on the 6th..

I was worried about my recovery, as it took almost 9 days for the arm to feel better, but after two weeks, it was back to normal - mobile, no longer itching, no longer being babied.

My probl...

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After surgery

Hi, I had my pacemaker fitted on the 6th January 2017.  All went well.

It is now 2 weeks and I still ache a bit and also still sore . How long does it take to wear off.

Or is it mind over matter, because its a new thing i am concious of it.

Thanks  Jillygirl.

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Upcoming surgery

Hello- I am Sandra and I am scheduled for pacemaker surgery next Wednesday as an out patient.  I will go to the center in the morning and be dismissed that afternoon.  On one hand I will be glad to be in my own bed that evening but on the other hand a little concerned.  I think I would be more comfortable being monitored 24 hours after having a surgery that involves my heart.  Is this becoming more common?  I am so glad I found this site - have learned so many good ti...

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Using arm

I am having a hard time not using my left arm.  I wore the sling a couple of days and that helped.  However since the site has quit hurting I forget and find myself doing things with my left arm I should not be doing!  Any suggestions on how to remind myself not to do this?  I can wear the sling again I suppose!  Has anyone on this forum had their leads come loose from overusing their arm?  Apparently that is the risk I am taking....

diana

 

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Swelling got a bit worse

Hi

So I had surgery 5 weeks ago. Afterwards I HD a bad haematoma which made the wound reopen and bleed for a week. It's healed now but the swelling which had just come down has for the past week felt bigger and tighter. Has anyone else had this? Had 3 courses of antibiotics in the time too to prevent infection of haematoma and treat a small wound infection but no redness or heat just a bit more tenderness.

 

Thank you

 

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