Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

Hopefully two times is a charm

I had my first ICD placed in mid January (sub pectorally) and had been having so much pain around the device. It seemed like it and the lead coils were moving around and rubbing across and against things.  Found out Monday, then confirmed Tuesday with an x-ray that the suture holding it in place was most likely broken and the ICD was moving all around my left chest.

I'm going in tomorrow morning to have them retrieve it and try and anchor it back in. Crossing my fingers that th...

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Stamina

I had 25 radiation treatments to my head November and December 2018, then I had a pacemaker put in March 6, 2019. I still don't have a lot of energy since the insertion. It's been five weeks. I run out of stamina around noon and have to rest around three hours. Is this normal?

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Limited Arm Movement

I am 4 weeks post op of my dual chamber pcaemaker implant. I know I can't move my arm above my shoulder height, and i dont plan to until i get cleared from my doctors, but I am having trouble raising my arm in general. I can barely get it to shoulder height with my arm straight out beside me. It feels like the muscles are really tight and it cant go any higher. Is this normal? 

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New PM

How long before I can go back to normal and enjoy a casual drink on the weekendsI just got my pacemaker on How long before I can go back to normal and enjoy a casual drink on the weekends (by a casual drink I mean two or three glasses of wine or four or five beers)

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Pain & Sensations post PM

Hello, I am 49 and 4 day post PM surgery, this is my first PM for 2nd degree heart block. I am having a dull achey raw feeling in my esophageal area under my breast bone. I am also having fluid rentension in my hands, abdomen, and face. I also have these phantom pops in my boob?!?! They feel similar to a knuckle pop, they are not audible and only felt internally. Has anyone else experienced any of this? 

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What is happening???

I had my first ICD placed sub pectorally in January and am having horrible sharp (like I’m being stabbed with a metal skewer!) below the ICD and it feels like where the extra length of leads are coiled. I can also feel things moving over/across each other. It’s awful! This morning I could feel something shifting, extremely painfully, when I leaned over to pick something up off the floor. I went to the EP on Friday and he sent me to get an ultrasound to make sure there’s not...

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Pacemaker St jude

cela va faire dix jours que j'ai été câblé,  pour l'instant  tout se passe  bien 

J'attends mon prochain  Rendez vous avec  le rythmologue dans 15 jours, 

Et de reprendre  le golf juste après 

Le bras bouge bien mzos debtemps à  aitre un rappel  de l'opération 

 

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Low battery

Hello it's been awhile since I posted anything.  

I have a Medtronic pacemaker, I've had it since Nov 2010. 

I received a call indicating that my battery is running low and I have to check it monthly. I'm 100% paced and never had my pacemaker change yet

i know two people who have StJude pacemakers and they say that their pacemaker will vibrate when their battery gets low. Also they have their pacemaker being  monitored 24/7 via Wi-Fi.&nbs...

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What I wish my discharge Instructions said

Sorry for the length of this BUT....

  I’m a nurse - but not cardiac- so my understanding of a pacemaker was it was placed and fixed the heart rate issue.  SO INACCURATE!  So in the two weeks since placement, a second subsequent surgery for both leads placement to be revised, an additional ER visit and two office visits this is what I have learned.  For a small group of people, typically healthier/active individuals the PM is a process of adjusting th...

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time till im back to norma;

friday was a week since my pacemaker was installed . my question is how long till i feel normal and when can i go back to the gym?

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AV NODE ABLATION

I HAD AV NODE ABLATION DONE THIS PAST MONDAY, SO NOW I AM 100% PACEMAKER DEPENDANT.  ANXIOUS TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO HAS THIS DONE AND ANY CONCERNS I NEED TO BE AWARE OF.  I AM 77YRS OLD FEMALE WITH A MEDTRONIC PACEMAKER.  THANK YOU, BOOTS

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Pacemaker - left or right side ? what's the difference.

Hi All,

I had my pacemaker inserted 30 January 19.  Quite a few friends have queried why I have it on the right side and not the left.

I'll have my follow up visit in May, quite a way off yet, curious if most of you have your's on the left side? Does anyone know what the difference is?

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My Implant Surgery 3-15-19

Thanks to all who responded to my concerns last week before I had surgery to implant a pacemeker. I got through it well and am just sore in my shoulder and being careful about my arm movement. I'm looking forward to being 100% again. Thank you again.........john

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after surgury

2 weeks ago (3-1-19) I had a pace maker/ defib installed. A week later I woke up with a baseball in my chest, hemotoma. Yesterday (3-15-19) I went in and had it, hemotoma, removed. This morning I wake up and the drainage is a lot compaired to none after the first procedure. Is that normal?

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Convergent Procedure

Can you have a convergent procedure if you have already had:

1.  Cryo-ablation

2.  AV-ablation

3.  Pacemaker implant (2 lead)

Still have severe A-fib with heavy pounding of heart and breathlessness. Sometimes leaving me gasping for air. 

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Pacemaker implantation

I found out yesterday that my arrythmia and Bradycardia requires me to get a pacemaker, surgery in the planning stage. Felt like I wanted to join a group so I can ask questions when they arise because I never thought I would have heart disease. I thought my lightheadedness and feeling like I was going to pass out was due to hypoglycemia. If I had not bought the apple watch that I did for fitness, I would have likely not known I had an issue until something serious happened. So glad to be here...

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Surgery tomorrow

I’m going to have a pacemaker installed tomorrow and am nervous about the whole thing. Any thoughts from someone who has recently had it done?

 

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Initial Recovery

Good morning,

I unexpectedly was in complete heart block on Sunday and received my pacemaker on Monday at age 49.

Just curious, how long does it take to feel better - both recovered from the surgical site and for your heart to find its new normal?  Meaning, I formally had a resting heart rate in the 50’s. My pacemaker is set for 60, but I’m fluctuating more than usual between 60 and 80ish.

Thanks for your thoughts in advance! 

Shana

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It will get better

My sympathies for your current pain. I got a pacemaker about 9 months ago.

i had similar pain that you are experiencing. For me, it got better in a week, and significantly better in 3 weeks. I felt well enough to go back to ( driving myself)

your time frame may be different than mine. The main thing is to remember getting a pacemaker these days is very common place.  You should heal up nicely in a few weeks. If pain persists, call your doctor, he may be able to

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After PM brain function

I had a PM installed in January 2019.

Since then my cognitive abilities have become suddenly impaired, I find myself feeling not safe driving, and my mental health issues have declined into a serious depression. I am at a loss as what to do.

My doctor is sending me to a psychiatrist and put into his report that I need to be reassured. How unreassuring! I am truly frightened. 

Anyone with any experience with this? Suggestions? 

 

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Member Quotes

Yesterday was my first day mountain biking after my implant. I wiped out several times and everything is fine. There are sports after pacemakers!