Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

Incision pain

About 71/2 weeks post op, incision is healed, without redness or increased warmth, but still get a brief sharp like a needle stick pain at time, nothing rubbing and no irritation noted, just a random pain.  Has anyone else had this type of discomfort this long after surgery? 

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PM implant on Wednesday 17 October

Hi All

I'm new here and pleased to have found this site.

Brief background:  I'm 73 and during a routine [well it started that way] cardiac checkup about 6 weeks ago learned that I had significant plaque buildup for my age.  However other tests were generally fine:  echocardiogram; stress tests; and an ECG which showed some benign PVC's and a first degree heart block.

Then, 2 weeks ago, I had a "dizzy spell" getting out of a taxi. Shortly...

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AV node ablation

I've just realised my AV node ablation is approaching (22nd October), so I hope I'm going to have a phone call from the hospital soon to do pre-op briefing.

I've a fair idea of what to expect during the procedure, and know that I may (or may not) have a one-night stay in hospital -- it's being treated as a 'day-case' but I know that they keep some ablation patients (the ones that are treated later in the day) in overnight, so we'll see.

I also expect to...

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Anxiety

Hi everyone. I just joined and am thankful for this forum. I had my pm implanted a month ago, Sep 12,2018. Everything went smoothly, and I have high confidence in my surgeon. But I'm experiencing some symptoms that are hard to explain.

The primary functions I needed was pacing to keep my heart rate above a minimum of 50 bpm, and for intermittent 3rd degree heart block. I went back once and asked them to turn off the CLS setting as I felt it was unnecessary and creating issues. I def...

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Holy pain

I am a 52 year old woman and just recently got an icd implant. I cant believe how much pain I am in. Is this normal? I feel like every chest muscle is torn. Cant lift my arm at all and my back hurts. Sleeping upright is the only way to be semi confortable. Someone please tell me how long this lasts.  Bonzai

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Getting the Pacemaker Put In, General Anaesthetic??

Hi everyone, I know the normal procedure for getting your first pacemaker implanted is just local anaesthetic. I was wondering if anyone had general anaesthetic?

As a squeamish person I will most likely faint under local especially if I can feel the leads going inside of me. So really hoping that I can be unconscious, if that’s not the case, what was everyone’s surgery like?

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Pain

I just had a 2 lead Medtronic pacemaker implanted on my right side yesterday.  He put it on the right because I am left handed.  Thr Dr. also removed my biotronic monitor implant, which was on my left side.  I am having a lot of pain in the middle of my chest and it hurts when I take a deep breath. I slept in my recliner because I couldn't get comfortable. Any suggestions?

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New PM patient

Received my pm 2 days ago. Looking forward to end of recovery period. After 3 cancer surgeries over the last 30 years, heart/pulse issues are a new wrinkle in my life. Glad to have found this club. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot from it. 

 

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Day 28 -- Pacemaker reburial

So, I've just got back from the hospital where they 'reburied' my pacemaker (their term) -- i.e. relocated it to a new pocket closer to the medial line than the one from which in went a-wandering 16 days ago. Some wound pain, as I would expect, and another 7 days of driving/showering restrictions, plus they're a little worried about infection from re-opening the original wound, but I was firm with the consultant (who asked 'are you really really sure)' that I wasn'...

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Short of breath

I am 4 weeks post pacemaker implant for rather sudden onset total heart block with sick sinus syndrome. I am still very short of breath when walking 100 feet or more. Is this norma

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Still getting tired after 4 weeks

Is it normal to still be feeling tired in the afternoons? It's been 4 weeks since my surgery ( for total heart block that came on pretty suddenly) . I'm usually pretty active for a 72 year old,   managing to walk about 3 miles a day most days, but in the afternoons I start feeling like I need a nap. Otherwise I think I'm doing well, but just wondering when I start feeling ike I have more energy than I did before all this started?

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Scar creams

Did most of you use a scar cream after implantation? And, for those who did, when is the best time to start using it and which one do you recommend? I am 6 weeks out from implantation and forgot to ask my EP about this. 

Thanks. 

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ablation

i am a 55 year old male who had a-fib 

i had a pacemaker/defrib put in sept 2017 

i have been back in rythym since october of 2017(with the help of amioradone )

i have a consult set up to discuss having an ablation and getting off the medicine

just wondering if anyone else was in this situation and had any advice

 

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27 high hopes

I am 4 hours from getting a pace maker tossed into my rib cage. My brother already calls me tony stark. It doesnt seem like this should be happening... but my 24 hour heart monitor results showed my bpm had dropped to 14 bpm a total of 11 times. Im very curious for life after this change. Thank you for having this forum here for resource. Ive  already read so many posts and articles. I look forward to speaking with all of you.

Respectfully,

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Two days till PM surgery

Friday the 28th will be my surgery for getting a pacemaker. I have done so much reading and had my pre-op last friday. I got to meet with the anesthesiaologist and had blood work done as well as another ekg. I was not really nervous then and even earlier in the week I wasn't, but now knowing I only have two days, I am all kinds of nervous. Like I know what to expect from the anesthesiast, and for the surgery from what i read, but I still feel like a wreak. Was anyone else nervous? Wh...

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Hematoma

Had surgery about nearly weeks now and i believe its called a pocket hematoma just asking how long does it take to recover and any tipa

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Slight pain in the implant site

Hi,I was wondering if it's normal to sometimes feel a quick sharp pain(doesnt last long just about like half a second) around the implant location even after 1 month of surgery?

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Hematoma

Had surgery nearly 2 weeks ago to swap pacemaker lead but found my scar is still bruised and a little swollen guess its hematoma how long does it usually take and is there any ways can get down quickly 

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Lead extraction

My dad is 100% dependent on his pacemaker defibrillator unit. The turned off one lead to lower chamber today because it was kicking his diaphragm so much it affected his breathing and he couldn't sleep.  They are planning lead extraction in 10 days. There are 5 or 6 leads, some of which have been there since 1998. Any idea what his procedure and recovery will be like? 

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12 days in and it was all going so well... until it wasn't

12 days ofter PM implementation, and I woke up in a cold sweat in the night with significant pain in my shoulder, armpit and arm -- the kind of pain you get from pinched nerves.  And the 'geography' of my chest had altered...

My pacemaker (placed under the muscle) seems to have shifted spontaneously -- whereas before it wasn't in the least visible and I couldn't even feel it though the skin/muscle, it is now sitting above the scar at the junction between the shoulde...

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