Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

New pacemaker

I had the micra AV implanted awhile ago, but ended up needing to switch to a dual chamber pacemaker with leads. I just got the new one put in yesterday and am not sure if this pain is normal. Of course I have the usual pain at the incision site, but when I lay down or sit just wrong, every single breath I take is excruciating upon inhale. I told my doctor this and he was not listening to me and told me to give it 2 days. I just can't imagine this being a normal thing. Laying down is worse...

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pending spine surgery

Hoping someone on this site might have had spine surgery.  Either the Kyhoplasty or the Vertebroplasty.   Did you have any problems?  Or was everything ok?

I beleive i would like the one that uses the balloon to block the glue from my spine.  Since i am sensitive to all glues.   The PA in the spine doctors office said i have a compression fracture and need to have surgery to fill in the space.  In order to hopefully not to have anymore f...

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Post surgery restriction

So I had my pacemaker implanted 11/21. I'm still a little sore. For the most part I seem to be doing okay. I have my first follow up appointment tomorrow. I was reading through the literature that came with my Boston Scientific pacemaker. There is a list of restrictions on power equipment listed in the pamphlet. I will talk to my doctor at my follow up. I am a little concerned when I return to work. I work for a business that sells and services lawn and other power equipment. I work as a...

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Difficult Surgery

I had my ICD fitted yesterday and it was an incredibly traumatic experience. 

I was supposed to have dual chamber ICD fitted by due to complications they could only get one lead in.

Basically, whenever they tried to place the lead in certain positions I started to feel my throat close up, like I couldn't breathe and started getting dizzy. The only way I could describe it is slow suffocation.

The first time it happened I tried to wait as long as possible before sayin...

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POST PM IMPLANT

Had a Medtronic W1DR01 PM implanted one week ago today. Everything is fine. I am noticing a rash on my chest up to near my neck and down around my armpit. Anyone ever experience this? I'm just using Benydryl for the itch. It's better when I wake up in the morning. Very strange.

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Pacemaker implant

Hi,

I had my Pacemaker procedure done six days ago.

The only question I have has to deal with my pain around the incision.  For the past couple of days, my pain is sporadic.  I go through periods, of approx. 3o minutes feeling NO pain, than all of a sudden it reapears.  The intensity of the pain is pretty much the same level as I had in the recovery room.  My pain never has been severe.  I only take Tylenol and not that often.

I was just wonderi...

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POST OP QUESTION

Had my PM put in on Friday. It was breeze. There was never any real pain. Just soreness at the incision site. Don't notice anything different with my heart, other than a steady 60BPM, which is dramatically different from the 30-40BPM I've had for the past 40 years. I do notice a tiny bit of numbness in my left hand post op. I'm thinking that maybe the site swelling is impinging on the brachial plexus and causing that sensation? I don't think it's coincidence.&nbs...

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New Device

I had my Bostom Scientific Accolade implanted on November 8, 2023 and was able to come home the following day. I was diagnosed with Winchebach 2, as well as right and left branch bundle block three years ago and during my visit with the cardiologist last month, my problem had reached the point where a pacemaker would be needed. I had no stamina and had to take three to four naps a day just  to perform my basic routines.  I am amazed  at how well my heart beats no...

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Pacemaker Upgrade

Hello,

This Tuesday, 11/07/23, I got a pacemaker upgrade from a single atrial lead to a duel lead (atrial, ventricular leads) due to pacemaker syndrome. The electrophysiologist also did a pocket revision and moved it up as my original pocket was in the breast tissue. I don't remember it hurting this much the last two times, and also keep getting sharp quick pains at the insertion area and by my heart. I'm taking Tylenol and keeping an ice pack on the area. Any oth...

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Cleveland Clinic - Post Surgery Information

Hi - looks like I need extractions and want to plan out the best place at my age to get 2 done. Being Canadian this is out of pocket. If any of you have paid to go to Cleveland for surgery, can you send me a message so I can start planning what is feasible before I get my heart set on it?  I realize you may not want to post it directly.  I really appreciate it.

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2 months Post Pacemaker/ICD and AV Node Ablation

It will be 2 months tomorrow that I had a Medtronic Claria MRI Quad CRT Defibrillator implanted and an AV Node ablation.  I thought I would be feeling happier about the decision to have this done by now, but I would say overall my arrhythmia is no better and frequently worse.  I was in 2 weeks ago and they did the final settings on my device.  They set the low rate at 70 and the high at 130.  I would say I am rarely at 70 resting.  I had to stop Jardiance for 2 weeks...

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Not sleeping

Hi all I am a newby here. Less than 3 weeks since having pacemaker fitted. Had been ill for a few weeks but did not think it was anything like this. Ended up in the AnE department. Was admited to a cardio ward and fitted on the 4th day, I had total heart block. I am 60 years old.

The healing has gone well except I can not get good sleep. It takes me an age to get to sleep then 50mins later I am awake again. I am getting exhausted . I dont go for a check up for another 5 weeks. Andy...

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A new arrival!

Hi all - just about 2 days out from my implantation (10/23). A little backstory: my team's been following me for a few years as we waited for pacemaker time (bradycardia + sick sinus syndrome + a few structural abnormalities, all congenital).  I could feel that everyday things were getting harder, so I did a 30-day monitor earlier this year to get more data (and a cardiac MRI to get images of the structural things for my EP).  The whole team agreed it was time.  So it was n...

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NEW TO CLUB

Getting a pacemaker on 11/10 for bradycardia. Have had a slow heart rate for 40+ years. Now that I'm 67 my electrophysiologist is recommending a PM. Also had some asymptomatic Afib and Aflutter. It'good to find an online group to chat with. Looking forward to exchanging experiences.

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New to this

Hi....I'm a 53 year old male who received a pacemaker this month. Would love to chat with Anyone that knows of these things. Feeling ok. Woke up today with severe shoulder pain on side of pacemaker. If anyone is feel to chat today, I'd appreciate it. Very isolated among who I know. No one understands or can relate. Tytyty

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CRT-D

Everyone, I had a three prong CRT-D implaned five weeks ago.  I never had any heart problems, but was diagnosed with a left bundle branch blockage in a routine EKGin preparation for surgery on my hand.  I was not fatigued, short of breath and had no symptoms.  Now after the surgery, I feel tired, my legs hurt and I am generally anxious at night when I go to bed.  I feel my heart beating.  I have monitoring on my cell phone.  No one has called me about any info my...

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Going in for Groin Cardiac Ablation

Hi Everyone, I hope this message finds you well...

Last year I had a pacemaker implanted and now due to Afib factors I am going in 10 days for Heart Ablation through my groin.

Does anyone have advice on what I should expect?

In regards to average hospital stay, pain following procedure and recovery...

To be honest I am stressed about this and when I spoke with Surgeon I mentioned I also had Fybromyalgia so pain is a concern and his answer was "We will give you mor...

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Newby

Hi. Just got a pacer on Sunday night.  Had no clue I had any issues with my heart. No conduction issues I was aware of.  Was bradycardic Saturday evening, didn't feel well so went to the er .  Progressed to a third degree block by Sunday evening. Had surgery at 930 pm with a half hour notice. Not a hospital that had an electrophysiologist there.     My question is, is it normal to feel like I've skipped a beat when I've taken a bite of food, chewed and swa...

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After effects of transcutaneous pacing

Hello all, almost nine months on from the installation of my flux capacitor and the mental road has been rocky of late. Working through the feelings and emotions with my psyche at the moment and looking to move forward. Recently saw my cardiologist and he has assured me everything is working as it should and 'normal' life shouldn't be a goal, rather a given. Easier said than done it seems.

Now, my 'recovery' question is regarding 'transcutaneous/external pac...

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Pacemaker incision

Hi everyone,

I had a pacemaker put in 6 weeks ago and everything is working well.  My question is: my incision is still sore especially to the touch.  The doctor said it may be because I don't have much fat due to the fact I'm a small person.  Or does it take much longer to heal up?  Makes any sense?

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