Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

3rd Time Around


Hi folks,

I'm getting my 3rd PM (coated 2 lead) in about 2 weeks. You may recall my other 2 implants had to be removed because of either infection or allergic reaction. It's still unknown what the true cause of the inflammation and erosion was.

In case my problem was an allergy to titanium, the new one will be coated in a hypoallergenic material (PTFE?). So that's 1 big worry out of the way.

In case my problem was bacterial colonization, the the surgery wil...

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i got my ticker helper, i hurt!!!

hey got my pm on tuesday, and im still really hurting... i thought i was a surgery pro, but this hurts way more then i ever thought it would. did anyone else feel like their armpit was on fire and have an aching arm??? i think my armpit and arm hurt more than the incision...... this will get better right???

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Home Finally

I went in on Wed for them to attach the third lead. I'm feeling better than last time :) I hope that means it's working. My only concern is I keep having a left thump below my breast, (for the woman out there it's like when your baby kicks you), it catches me off guard each time cause it's pretty powerful. I know it's not nerve endings cause I know what that feels like. I don't know if it's a muscle spasm of some sort or is that what it feels like whenever the icd kicks in, I know I am pace...

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next tuesday.....

well next tuesday is the day i get my pm! i am so nervous!!! just know it will be hard to not be able to look after my one yr old without a bit of help. how was recovery for everyone?? i really hope this will fix me, it has been a long five months of never feeling quite well.... i cant even imagine feeling normal again :) well wish me luck!!

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Sensitive Implant Area

PM was implanted 6 weeks ago. The steri strips that covered the site are just now falling off. I notice the entire skin area over the PM itself is red and tender, anyone else have/had this reaction? Talked to cardio office last week, thot I could start slowly on treadmill, etc. Since they didn't have opportunity to do stress tests prior to implant (was in cardio at 9:15 am, hosp at 10am and PM implant 2 1/2 hours later, pretty quick, lol) they have told me to slow down, no treadmill until mo...

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How bad is it?

Hi, I just turnd 24 years old and found out that I’m going to have to get a pacemaker. I’m just wondering what to expected for recovery time. I’m been vary healthy and in great shape my whole life, I’m a Commercial Fisherman from Alaska. I have a United States Coast Guard Master 100 Gross Tone Captain License, that is going to be suspended tell I can pass the USCG psychical examination. The psychical includes me being able to run one, six minute mile, lift 75lb’s, crawl in a out of tight places...

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3rd lead going in..hoping for success..or Thoracotomy :(

Since my bi-ventricular defibulator was put in on Sept 3, they couldn't get one lead in. The scar is still pretty red, and my left arm is continually bothering me, it even wakes me up at night. I haven't returned to work, as my cardiologist feels I am not ready, or as he puts it "not well".

Wed Oct 22, I am scheduled to go back under the knife. The surgeons at the hospital had a big meeting last week (I was the topic, guess I'm special). They are going to re-try and see if they ca...

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Left arm hurts at night

Hi PMates,

Its been two weeks since my PM implant, and I feel my PM is now more noticible than before and hurts more than before. I also feel it moved downward a little bit. I can of feel it loose which my Dr. said it was normal.

Also last night while sleeping on my left side, I felt the PM triggering which woke me up. I turn and everything went back to normal.

Have any of you experienced any of these symptoms?

Thank you.

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Recovery

Thank you all so much for your comments. This has helped a lot. I let my Dad read them and hopefully it will make him feel better. In answer to some of your questions:

To TraceyE - My Dad first had a heart cath and only had 80% blockage and they will treat with medicine. The Dr. sent him to a blood and cancer specialist because his plateletes were low and also mentioned the pacemaker. All tests came out okay with the exception he was low on iron. They set up an appt. for him to r...

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Weird feelings..

Hi all,

I am 22 and last Wednesday I had a dual pacemaker put in due to multiple syncope episodes in the last 6 months that have resorted into smashing my head many times and many hospital trips. It appears I suffer from Bradycardia (resting heart usually in low 40's, and high 20's at night) and I have vasal vagal syndrome. Also the hospital notices my heart beat was irregular quite often. All in all, the ticker isn't really the way I want it. At 22, this has been like hitting a brick...

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When did you go back to work??

I first posted on here in the beginning of August to say that I had just found out I was getting a PM... still don't have it... it is very frustrating because they tell me I need it for all these reasons and then make me wait. Anyways... everyone was so helpful with my last question and I thought of another one. Can you guys tell me from your experiences how long you were out of work after the implantation of your PM. I have a desk job and don't do alot of lifting or anything but I see on her...

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Mammograms?

Ok... this is my third and last post of the day. TraceyE, I'm hoping you will have gone through this as well. I just spoke to my surgeon for the first time today on the phone. I was asking about placement. He told me he can pretty much put it any where I want. He said that he does not recommend putting the PM under the breast tissue because it can be an issue if I were to get a mammogram. Has anyone come to this predicament??

Thanks!

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Recovery

My father had a pacemaker put in 2 weeks ago. He had to undergo the operation twice in one week because one of the leads fell down and they had to go back in the next day and do the operation again. The first time he was not put to sleep, but he was the second time. He is feeling disgusted because he says he doesn't feel any better and might as well not had the PM put in. What is the recovery time for this operation. He is 79 years old and he is not a very patient person. My thoughts are t...

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What about driving??

TraceyE, you are the greatest... not only do you respond so quickly but you put a lot of thought and effort into writing a detailed response. You have no idea how much better it makes me feel. One more question I thought up... and everyone can give me some input. How long was it before you can drive?? I heard a few weeks. My job is not close to home so this could be an issue for me (although it would be nice to have some forced holidays :)

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Im officially a member now!

Hello all well had my surgery on 2nd October and got back home last night. Its all good! Apart from my left shoulder feeling its been hit by a bus, I already feel better. Thanks to all for the support before I had my PM surgery. I went in to hospital feeling positive. I had alot of tests done before the surgery and they found my heart was pausing quite alot so I and the surgeon are pleased that I now have the PM. Looking forward to feeling alot better over the coming days and weeks.
Cheers...

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Two Weeks Post Implant

Well, I got my PM implanted on 17Sept08- two weeks ago.
I panicked about 2 weeks before the surgery that maybe I shouldn't go through with it, but I managed to get a hold of myself after a few days and not chicken out. I said to myself: you're going to get it (PM) and you're going to love it. That philosophy appealed to me in a wryly humorous way so that I was able to just accept going through with it.

The procedure went very well. I only experienced minor discomfort and only i...

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PM born 9/5/08 for me

Had been feeling tired and short of breath for several weeks. Finally went to family doc on 9/4, EKG showed heart rate around 40. He set appt for 9/11 with cardiologist, BUT he called their office all day to be sure the cardiologist actually looked at the EKG he faxed. They said, get her in here tomorrow a.m. 9:15 am was in heart doc office, 10:00 am admitted to hospital, 12:30 pm Pacemaker was implanted. I continue to say ALL IS GOOD. Timing was absolutely everything. Heart rate dropped d...

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Getting Ready for Surgery

Hi all
I was just told on Friday, I need to have a pacemaker, totally unexpected and I am scheduled for surgery this week! I live in Brisbane Australia, and am a 45 yr old female. I'm feeling very nervous and I am still in shock from this news from the cardiologist.

About 18 months ago while flying on a plane to NZ, I had what was diagnosed at the time as a vasal vagal episode. I passed out and seizured for about 2 minutes but my husband said he thought I had died. Apart from...

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Dual Lead PMs

Greetings:

Well, I am finally getting my PM on October 24th. I've had 2 more fainting episodes since my last post. One, I was 8 weeks pregnant. I had a seizure during that episode and was out for about a minute.

I'm worried about surgery. How long does the whole process take? I would like to be completely asleep... is this the process?

Any advise is helpful. Thanks guys!
Sarah

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Pain

Hi I started having pain in the right side of my neck the day after I came home from the hospital. Not an ache A Sharp pain!! I went to my EP and he checked my device and said all is well. That night The pain completely move to the left side except not only in my neck, but behind my left breast,in my back,down my arm I thought I was having a heart attack and I couldnt take a deep breath. I also have MS so the EP said I was fine and my Neurologist never called me back. I am so ready to go to the...

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