Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

Appetite

I had my bi-ventricular defibrillator implanted Sept 8th and thus far my recovery has been easy.  I've learned a lot from many of your posts and experiences. The one thing I've yet to see is, did the implant surgery impact your appetite?  I've been so hungry afterwards almost to the point that I don't ever feel full. I'm eating the same amounts that I did pre-surgery but I just don't feel full. I do eat gluten free but pre-surgery I would feel my hunger...

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Arm Pain

Hope this the right place for this. Had PM placed approx 2 weeks ago, initial diagnosis was heart block, have had afib for a few years with no symptoms, saw nurse and tech yesterday for the first time they both said everything was good, after i got home started have pain on the inside of my left bicep and forearm, and some on top of left shoulder, pain hard to explain, not in the muscle seems to be on the lining of the muscles, was hoping someone had experienced some thing similar, thank...

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Slow recovery

Hi everyone

 

i am a new member but have actually had a pacemaker since the age of 10 and I am now 47.  Three weeks ago i had a routine battery replacement (it had been 12.5 years since my last one).  The surgeon had real trouble getting my pacemaker out, apparently between scar tissue and cartilage growing around the unit they essentially had to cut it out, and create a whole new 'pocket' rather than using the existing one.  I am improving and my wound...

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Discomfort

Hello, Everyone My Name Is Suki I'm 49 And I Received My Pacemaker Wich I Named "Grace" On July 27th 2020, On My Last Check Up My Dr, Said I Healed Quick And My Incision Looks Amazing, But I Still Feel Discomfort On The Incision It's Self Is That Normal?

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Palpitations

Hi there, I had a CRT-D inserted 2 weeks ago. Post Op has been smooth until yesterday when I started feeling dizzy and had slight chest pain, with some crazy palpitations. Has just happened again in the last hour. Can anyone give me an idea if this is normal. My BP is low, usually around 90/70 but during these spells rises to around 130/85. Would really love some input, feeling very alone and anxious. 

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Newbie

Hello!! I am scheduled for a pacemaker on Thursday! I am 51. I have been trying to get in shape for several years-finally found out why I was failing at any strenuous exercise( sweaty and felt horrible pounding in chest/neck). According to my stress test, my heart rate did not get above 50...I am very nervous, but hopeful. I was hoping for some tips on post op sleeping, pain relief, etc! Also, will the pacemaker help the pounding feeling? Thank you all so much in advance!!

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Post PM

Thanks to all of you who responded  I didnt say I was happy to be a reciperent of a Pm.  Like most of you, it is necessary    I got home today about 2 pm.  still have some dizzines but what concerns me is my fast pulse  Just sitting I run around 100-108 but it I get up for anything, it will go to low 120 s.  Pre pm I was 70-93 at rest.  I have to return to the Doc on the 26th.  The Doc said he will give me blood pressure med that slow the heart &nb...

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Palpitations

I had my pacemaker done on Tuesday August 11.  I know it is very soon to be expecting to feel better, but, I thought I would not had the palpitations anymore. I feel my heart beat in my throat constantly. When I go for my first check up, will they adjust my pacemaker?  How is this done?  

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20 days post implant

Its been 20 days since surgery and it's omewhat achy at site and the left shoulder area. 

Bandage is still intact with only minor swelling and no redness. I'm having some trouble getting comfortable at night and it's taking some time to fall asleep.

Trying not to freak out but i would  have thought I would be further along with the healing process. I will be calling the nurse tomorrow as back up, but I thought I should speak to the experts here...

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Arm Pain

Hello members. Had pacemaker implanted June 22. Wondering how long it usually takes to have complete use of arm on implant side and be pain free. I still experience pain when raising arm above shoulder.

Thank you

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Incision

I had pacemaker surgery 3 1/2 weeks ago & I was stitched inside then steri strips & glue on the outside, they just came off, on one side it looks like it is way too open, the rest still has glue, should I put antiseptic on & keep it covered, since it's Saturday & I can't reach the Dr until Monday.

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Diet

My husband recently has had a CRT-D implanted 2 days ago. He is aged 38 and is a bit of a foodie. Just wanted to ask about the dietary restrictions/requirements post the device implantation. Thanks! 

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After effects of pacemaker procedure

I have found that I am more breathless now,even walking short distance on level ground since pacemaker,cardiolgists cant find reason for this,has anyone else had this problem

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When Do I feel Better?

I've always had a slow heart beat.  It was in the mid-40's and then as I got older it started to slip into the 30's.  That's when they convinced me to go with a pace maker, even though I didn't feel bad or exhibit symptoms.  The device was impalnted Friday (4 days ago), and I feel worse now than before the surgery.  It's hard to describe the feeling, but I just don't feel right.  At times I feel great and then I feel sluggish as if I&#...

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Bruising / shortness of breath

Hello,

Very new to all of this just had surgery on the 21st.  Biotronik put in and I am type 2 diabetic.  I have really bad bruising on underside of left arm and left side is this normal?  I also get short of breath when I go from room to room.  Am I expecting to much to soon?  I am 85.

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Sub pectoral fitting

Hi 

My first post

I am having a dual chamber pacemaker fitted on the 10th to correct night time bradycardia. Am thinking of asking for it to be fitted sub pectorally as am quite active. Any thoughts on the benefits or downsides of this?
 

 

 

 

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wound

on average how long does it take for wound to heal. I'm 3 wks post surgery and strips remain 

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SOB

Hi, 

My pace maker was placed 2 weeks ago and I am feeling light headed when bending over and recently some SOB. EP turned on the automactic reposne that adjust to my hert rate does anyone experience this?
Belinda 

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New Pacemaker

Hi,

I'm very new to all this having had a pacemaker fitted yesterday.

Recovery is going ok I think, it's a reactive one so should only be active when my heartbeat drops below a certain level. While relaxing tonight I'm getting sensations of what feels like one large palpitation every now and again.

Has anyone else had this? Feels very odd and unsettling! Is this a normal feeling to have while things are new and settling down?

James

 

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wound

Going on 3rd week and somewhat slower than expected . Bruising was extensive and slow to heal. Am wondering how long before strips begin to fall off. Mine don't seem to want to. Been following the rule faithfully .7-8 showers in full mode. Nurse ws going to send something to get them started. Anyone use something . Thanks

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Your old device becomes a paper weight for your desk.

Member Quotes

The pacer systems are really very reliable. The main problem is the incompetent programming of them. If yours is working well for you, get on with life and enjoy it. You probably are more at risk of problems with a valve job than the pacer.