Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

New Pacemaker Question

Hi there! I'm scheduled to receive my first pacemaker this coming Friday. I had an ablation for AVNRT in December. The procedure didn't work and caused heart block (Wenckebach/Mobitz). I wasn't expecting the symptoms I have been experiencing for the last 7 months since the surgery (SVT, skipped beats, fatigue). I was told that I would feel "great" after my ablation. So the symptoms that followed have amped up my already high anxiety level. I was just wondering if an...

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Pain dull ache & depressed

Hello there im new pacemaker recipient 3 & half weeks now, i dont feel any different in fact im starting to think i was better off without it, ive had a bit of stress from work @ 2 weeks & depression from that, & decided if i'm still employed, i wil get my fitness back & find another job, anyway sometimes when depressed i feel an ache in my heart (this distresses me more) now im feeling heart burn, it scares me, i go & see the cardioligst next week i wil be t...

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Time off

Hello all, 

I’m scheduled to get my pacemaker at the end of this month (June). I was just wondering how much time off from work people took for recovery. Thank you in advance for your help!

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New Pacemaker

Hi first post. 54 year old male, very active and fit, history of SVT for the last couple of years. Had my second ablation on May 22 that left me with second degree heart block. Spent a 1.5 week with very low heart rate (20 at night to 40 during the day), finally got my dual chamber Boston Scientific pacemaker last night.

Today had been a rough day, pain is definitely there but under control. However I feel very weak, I have been in the hospital for the last 5 days and did loose 15...

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Feel pacemaker kick in when lay down

I'm 32 year old guy. Got my PM bc of bradycardia/syncope. I had a dual chamber PM inserted 3 weeks ago. I've had 3 EP visits to adjust my settings (which have helped a LOT!). They've made a lot of adjustments and have turned my voltage down. But I still can feel it kicking in when I do 3 things:

1) Lay down on my back (about 30 seconds of completely feeling the PM kick in)

2) Crouch down (think tying shoes crouching to look at a lower cabinet, etc.)

3) Bending ov...

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New to the group

This is probably the most exclusive group I’ve ever joined. I will have a pacemaker implanted next month. At 72, I’ve always been extremely active and   have no symptoms except fluttering occasionally. I had a Holter monitor and was diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome. I have both bradycardia and tachycardia.. I have always had a low heart rate but the holter shows it is down in the 30s while sleeping and I have spikes over 100 a couple of times a day. If anyone has brady/tach...

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Post Surgery

Good Afternoon 

I just returned home from hospital after having my Biotronik dual valve pacemaker installed. Surgery went well I think it took about two hours and they ended up putting me completely out. Anesthesiologist said doctor was very precise .He placed closer to arm under collar bone so I can still wear low cut blouses I guess...

I spent the night and was released this morning . Pacemaker tech checked me this morning and said it was working fine. It used 49 percent la...

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Countdown

Hi All,

Just a quick question! I am having a dual chamber pm fitted on Friday and I am an avid runner and golfer. Could anyone let me know how long to expect to be out of action from running and golf please?

Thank-you!

S

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Surgery

Good Morning 

Tomorrow is my surgery.

I have been waiting for two weeks for surgery . I am getting a two lead Biotronik PM. I am so ready to feel better.

any suggestions to make my post surgery more successful? You all have helped me deal with this with all your information and experiences....

Blessings All

Kimberley

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skin peeling?

I am a little over three weeks from the redo surgery of my second battery.  About an inch below the incision, my skin is flaking off almost like a snake skin.  It is not red or irritated.  It is about two inches wide and four inches long.   It's almost like super dry skin and it feels like a sunburn to the touch.  Anyone else have this happen?  They said no lotions, but it isn't at the incision site.  Any suggestions would be helpful.

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Scar sensitivity

I had my first pacemaker placed at the end of February. I had issues with the scar completely healing due to a stitch knot preventing a small area from closing. It has been completely healed for a few weeks now but the scar is very sensitive. If I accidentally hit it it is pretty painful. Is this something that will decrease over time or should I expect to always have sensitivity in that area? I will also randomly get a weird  burning sensation in the area of my pacemaker for a second or...

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Skin Rash During Recovery?

Has anyone else been beset with an upper torso skin rash immediately after a PM implant?

I've actually had two implant ops, a week apart due to the first right atrial lead dislodging and pacing my diaphragm. Heart wise, Take 2 seems to be doing splendidly. But after this one I've had a spreading rash accross my upper torso including areas that no tape had touched.

Same prodedure, same materials, same drugs and only one week apart, yet I'm giving myself a Cortizone-10 c...

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New pacemaker

Hi ,i have just had a pace maker fitted and was told to limit left arm movement for three weeks but i see that some on the forum have been told six weeks. Does anyone know why the difference. By the way it’s easy to forget and raise the arm above the head eg dressing etc, so i use a trouser belt around the torso and upper arm which allows me to use my forearm but not my upper arm. Looking forward to your input.

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Pacemaker

Hi I have had a pacemaker inserted on weds for complete heart block. I am just wondering about how careful everyone was able to be post op. I am not to lift my arm for 2 months, to lift anything heavy or lie on that side (to ensure the leads have chance to bed in) however I am only 46 with two young children. I am managing in the day to be sensible but I am worried as I woke up in the night led on my L side and with my arm over my head!! I can't afford (physically and emotionally) to have...

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Brace for shoulder restrictions?

Hi, 32 years old, athletic, male with bradycardia and syncope. Got my pacemaker put in on Monday and getting used to the addition of my little buddy. Did anyone who has gone through the recovery process get a shoulder sling that restricted your movement above your head? If so which one? I have a sling to sleep in, but with a 2.5 year old and big dogs bumping around me it would be good to have additional support throughout the day ensuring I don't accidentally put my arm in a compromising...

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Post surgery pain

I am a 41 year old female. I had a pacemaker put in 2 months ago. I am 5 foot 2 at 185 pounds so I am not too skinny and I too have a pinching or pulling feeling a few times a day at the pacemaker site. It also still feels sore or tender, kind of like it feels when someone touches your sunburn. I came across this site when looking to find out if this was normal this far out from surgery. I realize its still healing. 

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recovery concerns

Great site, I have been reading and learning but this is my first post. I am a 72 year old male that led a fairly active retired life up until this episode. I had a dual valve Biotronik PM installed on 4/28/19 without complications and have been home following recovery orders since 4/29. My first Doctor visit is 5/6 with my primary care physician and 5/10 with cardiology to check the PM. So my question is, I wake up most mornings feeling weak, lathargic, not much energy at all, this feel...

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Epicardial Lead placement surgery

I am 3 weeks post op from a mini-thoracotomy to place epicardial left ventricular leads for CRT.  I had previously had a endocardial LV lead placed 8 years ago.  It was not working optimally and was draining generators within 3-4 years.  I am on my 4th device since 1st placement in 2008.  I have a complete heart block, Class II-III heart failure.  I am still in a good amount of pain and limited physical function.  Just wondering if anyone out there...

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I'm getting a biventricular pacemaker / ICD. What do you wish you had known before your procedure?

I am a 46 YO woman who started reading your forums when I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy.  I was hoping that I would respond to medication, but I haven't responded enough.  I'm getting a biventricular pacemaker / ICD in less than two weeks.  Your posts have helped me adjust to the idea, but I'm still not 100% there yet.  (I know intellectually I need this, but it's hard when I don't feel sick or impaired.)

What do you wi...

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sutures removed said not to wash for 3 days--how keep it clean?

nurse removed sutures  and told me not to wash for 3 days--concerned how keep incision clean--it has been 2 months since surgery  and she said not ot use polyspori either

Thank you for any info

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