Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

Did anyone have lumps in neck or arm after surgery

Hi. I'm new to the Pacemaker Club and very thankful to have found you. I had my pacemaker inserted August 14 after an ablation on the 13th apparently stunned my heart. I believe things happen for a reason, but I'm still sad about it all and a little scared. I have a question that I'm hoping someone can answer. Last week I developed chills and a fever. My doctor put me on antibiotics and my fever broke yesterday. I also noticed that my left arm was very swollen. My doctor gave me laxis fo...

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Pacemaker

Hi. I just had a pacemaker implanted 8 days ago. Totally unexpected and of course, totally scary to me. I am 47 years old. I was told my heart rate was slowing down a lot and getting pauses. Now after having the pacemaker, I feel like I'm constantly aware of every breath I take and always walking on eggshells. I got a couple quick pains in that area today and of course it freaked me out and had to call the doctor. I saw him yesterday and everything checked out fine. How long 'til I start...

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My Mother-In-Law is scared.

I'm wanting to ask quetions for my Mother In-Law. She needs a pacemaker right away. The doctor here, in Canada, have her on a waiting list for 2 years. We are wondering if there is somewhere, where she can go to get it done sooner.?

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new PM

Hi there, first - I would like to apologize because of my English - I hope that you will underestand me... I am from the Czech Republic (Europe), I am 22 years old. I had many (5) ablation of sinus node. Each ablation took a lot of hours (from 6 till 9 hours). First I had 2 normal (endocardial) ablation of SA node, then 1 endocardial and epicardial ablation of SA node too, then 1 surgical (thoracoscopical) ablation with take away the phrenicus nerve, because I had the nerve really very near the...

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Exhaustion

I received my ICD/pacemaker on July 22nd. The 1st week I felt pretty good, just a little discomfort at incision. As time goes on I feel more tired and draggy and am wondering at what point do I call the doctor and tell him about this. I have started walking 3 or 4 times a week for 30 minutes and am wondering if maybe I should back off some. In order to get my walk in I'm getting up a half hour earlier than I normally did but I'm also falling into bed earlier so I don't think it's a lack of sleep...

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husband has 3 leads and is in pain

My husband had his pacemaker/defibrillator about 2 weeks ago, and he still has radiating pain to his shoulder. My question is that does anyone know what he will feel if the pacemaker does anything, and also, what will he feel if the defirbrillator kicks in? He is still very sore, and really can't do much but sit around. Would like to talk to someone that has had this done. He has a refraction of 19 so he had to something, I hope the pacemaker makes him have more energy.

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Bumpy roads

Do I have to stay off hwy since construction about one hr worth, I am one wk post op. Can bumps loosen leads??

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pain

I am 6 wks post op for my PM. I am experiencing chest discomfort. The doctors can't find anything wrong. Is this part of the healing process? How long does it take to heal? My lower lead is placed wrong. Could this cause the pain? the doctors are leaving it up to me to have it removed or not, since I don't use it. They say its more serious to take it out than just leave it. Has this ever happpened to anyone? I use the PM top lead about 28% of the time. Also, I get very tired after min...

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Received PM yesterday

I received my PM yesterday. I came home today. So far I only feel a little pain in the area where the Pm is located. So far so good. I hope to get a good nights sleep with out being woke up for the nurse to check my blood pressure. she always came in just as I dozed off. I will write more later.

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need help

If the doctor tries to talk me into having a 2nd pocket made and putting in an older slightly larger pm...I don't want it.
This one was put in 5 months ago and it moves and it sticks out and it creates black and blues over the unit and the lead is felt through the skin.
Surgery is scheduled on Friday. What should I be asking?
Please anyone have ideas?

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Will my bump go down??!!!

Hello again!

I had my pacemaker (lovingly called 'Gerry'!) on 24th July and was just wondering.......... silly question I know....... does the pacemaker always protrude through the skin???

Obviously I am still very brused and swollen, but...... as I am on the small side (up top!!) it looks like I have 3 boobies!! Hope I haven't embarrased anyone here! I guess I am expecting some sort of miracle that my pacemaker will become flatter!!!

Can anyone please adv...

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Difib/Pacemaker

How long does it take before the pain stops in your shoulder after you have had an implant fitted. My husband had it put in two weeks ago and he is still in alot of pain.

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Has anyone been able to find a plastic surgeon that will be willing to perform a breast reduction and or lift after having a pacemaker inplanted?

I am 31 years old now and have been actively looking for a surgeon who will perform a breast reduction and or lift. As soon as I say I have a pacemaker I am denied. The reason stated is that the anesthesiologist is unwilling to do general anesthesia; and breast surgeries are done under general anesthesia. Help! Does anyone know a surgeon that is willing to do this procedure? Ps I already tried abroad and I ran into the same answer.

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not sure yet

I am booked to have pacemaker on Friday. I am still not sure if I am doing the right thing here.I have been fainting a very long time yrs and they always said it was low blood sugar. In January after fainting 11 times in 2 days and weating a holter monitor, it recorded slow heart rate as low as 18 beats per minute on two different days. I was in shock of course hearing I needed a pacemaker. I decided to wait. I did not faint until may, then 4 times, June 4 times and now July it is up to 8 times....

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Raised Area

I had my pacemaker put in on 7/14/08. I had the stapes removed on 7/22/08. There is a raised area about the size of a half of a baseball around the incision. I do not have a fever and I feel fine. Is this something I should be concerned about or will it go away in time. I weight about 200 lbs. Thank for your time.

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Incision Healing Time

Hi everyone,

I've just had a pacemaker implanted on July 17.
My incision is still very tender and hurts. Everytime my clothing touches it, it stings.
Is this normal?
How long before it doesn't sting anymore?

Ken

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Tightness in shoulder

Hi,

this is my first post here, having had my PM implanted at the beginning of May 08 for carotid synus hypersensitivity. This was diagnosed after a rather unpleasant tilt test, where my heart paused for a sveeral seconds a couple of times after the neck massage bit. Generally things have been fine, the pain has on the whole long gone, and the kids are enjoying having a bionic dad.

However, some days I get a tight feeling across my shoulder when I move. It is not painfull,...

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4 weeks!

I just realized today that it's been 4 weeks since my ICD was put in. It healed nicely and most of the tenderness is gone. I feel fine, and am even getting used to the Coreg. Just wanted some of the new folks to know that recovery can go well with only a little discomfort.

One more week and I can play golf. I have been out pitching and putting.

Bill

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Scar

I had a pacemaker installed in January 2008. Can anyone tell me how to make the scar less noticeable?

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Many thanks!

ask again
Comment posted by TraceyE on 2008-07-17 07:56.
It can take more than three tries to get the programming right, ..

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Comment posted by bambi on 2008-07-17 12:11. ...

Dear TraceyE and bambi, thanks for your advices! this helps me a lot. and many thanks to members of this pm club. This is phantastically friendly and helpful community. Good luck to all members and visitors. Mikhail

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