Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

Brace for a month post-implant

I had my pacemaker implant on 3/24/22. I am required to wear a pliable brace 24/7 for a month post implant surgery. My upper left arm is tethered to side of my chest and left wrist area tethered also via velcro to upper part of my diaphragm. Those with whom I've spoken who either have had pacemaker implants or family members have had them, have never heard of this type of restrictions.  Obviously driving, gardening, vaccuming, regular exercise are out right now.  I did mana...

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Here we go again

Just returned from my post-surgery staple removal and PM check.

And much to my disappointment I’ll be returning to the OR in the morning for a redo.

Seems that that either one of the leads or the pacer itself is not working, good grief!

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Loss of feeling on pacemaker site

Will I recover any sense of touch on the pocket skin as it heals?  Now it is totally numb.  I had surgery 4 weeks ago.  The pacemaker is working very well and I can climb the steep block outside my house without pausing for breath--my gadget has overdrive!  No more bradycardia.

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Sleepless nights

I had my pacemaker implanted last Tuesday and I've got a tell you when I'm not having muscle spasms, I feel much better.

However, getting a good night rest seems to be out the question, when I laydown I guess I tweak something and here we go headed for the ice pack and trying to get comfortable, sometimes they’re painful. The odd thing to me is that the spasms are not at or around the incision site but below and to the right (implant on the left) at times I have...

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about to join the team

Will tomorrow is the big day check in early to have the procedure got to tell you felling a little apprehensive

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Is this a concern

I am 3 1/2 weeks post pacemaker implant.  I think I am doing well adjusting.  I have my moments.

My surgical sight is healing well. This weekend it seemed to me that I had a little more bulge on one side of my incision sight.  There has always been a little raised area because of the pacemaker.  It just seems a little more pronounced on one side. (not red or sore)  I don't know if I just notice it more now.

Does anyone know if the raised area can chage...

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Ejection Fraction

Hi Everyone,

I had my pacemaker first placed on Halloween October 31st, 2021.  Right before Thanksgiving I had to have a Revision because the top lead had dislodged. For almost 2-months I was having shortness of breath (especially using the stairs), my chronic cough continued and I had gained a lot of water weight.  My PMD wanted to send me to a lung specialist for my cough. Turns out I had heart failure and just before Valentine's Day I had a 2nd Revision as the lead disl...

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Vertigo type symptoms

I am almost 3 weeks with my pacemaker and can definitley say symptoms improve and I have been feeling better.  I read from others that they have similar concerns regarding heart palpitations and feelings of vertigo.  I don't feel experienced enough (yet) to offer much advice to others. I apreciate all the advice and encouragemenet provided to me on this site and can say that patience with letting your body adjust is huge.

I have recently been feeling minor vertigo typ...

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Recent implant

Hi all

im a " newbie " here and had a dual chamber pacemaker fitted 3 days ago 

I suffered from bracycardia and complete heart block .

whilst I'll always be eternally grateful to the hospital and surgical staff - there seems to be a woeful lack of advice and support from the hospital, but this is by no means a negative comment- you all do a great job!

So , surgery / implantation went really well and was back home the same day 

The problem...

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Mitral Valve Repair?

I just turned 36 years old...had a cardiac arrest 3 years ago...had a ICD/pacemaker implanted because I have Arrhythmogenic Mitral Valve Prolapse. I haven't had any shocks from my ICD and I am on 5mg bisoprolol twice a day to control my arrhythmias. Things seemed to be going well...

Fast forward to yesterday - I had my annual appointment with my cardiologist, and even though my mitral valve regurgitation is "mild to moderate", my cardiologist walks into the room...

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Just a reminder that our Survey results can now be viewed

Hello everyone,

We recently completed a Survey to assess patient experience of pain following implantation of cardiac pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).  The results can be found in the link below which should be copied and pasted into your main browser to open it.  My thanks again for all your contributions, without which this Study would not have been possible.

Pain from pacemaker and ICD implant surgery remains a problem for some of us both...

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Bullet pacemaker issue

I had surgery yesterday. It has been roughly 12 hours since. Can I sleep on my right side, which is where the surgeon entered my groin? Right now, I'm sleeping on my back and feel like robot lying in a box. I normally sleep on my sides. Thanks,.

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left bundle 3 wire pacemaker

I'm due for my initial pacemaker o March 14 this year. I am 85 and a little nervouse. They recommend a defrib device also, but I said I was too old to spend my day worrying about being kicked to death. I hope this is the correct decision.?     Chuck

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Dermabond over insicion

I had my pacemaker replaced three weeks ago. Surgery went well. I have stitches inside but I have Dermabond covering  the incision. I was wondering  how long you are suppose to leave it over the incision? They did not tell me at the hospital or the doctors office when they removed the outer bandage. It is looking pretty ragged now. Thanks for any advice

Jan from DFW TX

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Battery replacement

I had my pacemaker implanted in 2012 and am now scheduled for a battery replacement on Friday March 11th. I will have Saturday and Sunday to recover and plan to return to work Monday. I work from home and am on the phone/computer for 8 hours. Has anyone needed more than 2 days to recover from a battery replacement? 

I also wanted to know if anyone had originally had pacemaker implanted above the muscle but then had it placed under the muscle during a battery replacement? I always w...

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Newby

I am an active 63 year old female and was in shock to discover I have heart block. Symptoms came on so suddenly; like turning on a light switch. I am only 3 days post op from receiving a pacemaker and on an emotional roller coaster. I know I have so much to learn. Discovering this site yesterday has given me a great sense of relief to learn I am not alone in my feelings. I don't have much more to say at this point except thanks for all being here. I look forward moving forward.

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Survey Results: Post Pacemaker/ICD Implant Pain

Hello everyone,

In case you missed my original message dated 15th February 2022, I am again attaching a Dropbox link to a PDF where you can view the Survey results on post pacemaker/ICD implant pain.  There were 322 respondents and your help has been invaluable.

If any member wishes to comment on the results of the Survey, please feel free to do so in the “Add Comment” section below and thank you to all those who have already commented in private me...

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Sick sinus syndrome from covid

I'm am grateful to find this club and appreciate this opportunity to ask for support and understanding.

I am ten days post operation from receiving a Biotronik Edora 8 dual chamber pacemaker to correct sinus bradycardia caused by covid inflammation. 
I'm 49 years old with no pre existing conditions aside from Pectus Excavatum and sunken breast bone birth defect that was determined unrelated to the bradycardia.

I am vaccinated and have had covid twice, the second...

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Survey results post pacemaker/ICD implant pain

Hello everyone,

As you will know, we have been collecting information about the extent of pain experienced by members following their pacemaker/ICD implant.  The Survey results, which I hope you will find of interest, can now be viewed in the attached dropbox link.  

322 members completed our survey.  Without your help this survey report would not have been possible so I am most grateful to each one of you.

The report author, a valued member of the Pacema...

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Disappointed.

Today I was excited to go in to see the EP and have my pacemaker adjusted. It was over a year since the last adjustment. The excitement was lost when I learned that some of the symptoms I thought were from an unadjusted pm turned out to be a new or additonal heart condition. Seven years ago I was first diagnosed with atrial flutter. I put off having an ablastion for 5 years. However, by the time I was ready to have the procedure I needed a pacemaker and cardioversion. Symptoms that I thought...

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