Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

Medtronic Micra

I would like to hear from others that have the Medtronic Micra Pacemaker. How are you doing? I know there probably aren’t many. I’m scheduled to get the Micra in December. I have Sick Sinus Syndrome. I was told a year ago that I should get a pacemaker. I got a second opinion and then asked about this new pacemaker. The insurance process took a long time. I was denied twice. Last month my doctor got on the phone with United Healthcare and got them to approve it. I’m hoping it...

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10 days post op discomfort

Hello. I'm a new member and this is my first post. 72 yrs young female with Brady which is reason I got a PM 10 days ago. Grew weary of living between 45-49 bpm. My question is this; ever since surgery when I lie in my side, lean forward ( like picking something up) or breathe really deep I have a dull heavy discomforting pain all the way up to my sternum. It's uncomfortable and now causing worry.  They set me at 60 resting  rate and pretty much staying there at rest (...

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Bi-V medtronic surgery

On 10/15/18 I had a Bi-ventricular medtronic device implanted in my upper left chest. The docs discovered a left bundle branch block when I was 30 yrs old. Starting at age 45 my block has been managed well with various meds. I am now 84 and my EF had gradually gone down to the low 40's. I have stayed active all my life with bicycling, long walks, skiing and regular gym routine. My cardiologist also has a PHD in electrical engineering... how lucky for me. My experience was very positive. A...

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Post surgery

Hi all, 

I am 4 days post surgery now and have been gradually getting back into things without moving my arm too much. It started out sometimes when I moved my left arm that I would get this tightening feeling where the PM was implanted and now it's all the time, almost a pulling sensation. Is this normal or should I be calling my doc? 

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Question about technique

So I'm post op day 3 second lead revision with pocket revision by my plastic surgeon this time..  I am wondering if anyone else has had their device anchored around collarbone with permanent braided sutures... or am I a crazy case of they didnt know what else to do to keep my device from failing to maintain correct position. Anyone have experience with vicryl mesh and fine line sterox Boston lead implant? As nurse the word mesh scares the shi!! Outta me even though vicryl is a dissol...

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Help

Is it normal to be still having fluttering and feeling dog rough every other day or so iv had my pm 2 weeks and im realy stressing with worry i phond my pm doc and went in next day they said it was fine but i still get it any advice would be great ty 

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Winded

Hi once again, Pacemaker Club! I woke up this morning feeling very winded and out of breath without even starting my day, should I be concerned about this feeling?

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Pain

I had a pacemaker placed Sept. 25, 2018, and since that time I've been having pain in the center of my chest, my neck, and upper back. The pain is not related to the implant site, as that area is just tender at this point. I also get tingling in my left hand like it's asleep. I've had a chest xray, device checks, and an echo, and all of them show that everything is a-ok, but the pain continues. Any ideas? I'm pretty frustrated at this point. 

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Feeling my Pacemaker Pacing

I had my Medtronic pacemaker put in on 10/26/18. For the past day as I have been discharged from my hospital I can frequently feel my pacemaker pacing in the general area around my wound/heart. Is this normal to feel, and is it going to go away with recovery?

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difficulty breathing with new ICD

Just had my 1st ICD about 5 days ago.  I'm having problems breathing, having cold and hot sweats, and some nausea.  Is this normal?  Got a good report post op the other day but now I am worried something is going on.  Is this normal?

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post-pacemaker pain

hi pacemaker club! im a 13 year old male, and i got my pacemaker surgery october 26th, yesterday as of writing. i just want to know how long the pressure and pain of the incision site is going to last. thanks!

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New to pacemaker & heart rate still below 40

Hi all,

I’m new to the club. I’m 73 years old and had balloon operation in June this year. Operation went well and I felt great until the past few weeks that I have been feeling exhausted and haven’t been able to breath properly. I constantly choke while talking. Last Thu my pulse dropped to 33 and I was admitted to the ER. The doctor checked the stent and it is still intact.

The doctor then diagnosed that I have Sick Sinos Syndrome Bradycardia (heart rate i...

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Post-op sporadic heavy beating

Has anyone experienced sporadic heavy heart beats post-surgical ? Is it normal ?

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Scar treatment

How soon after surgery (most recent, 3rd October) can I start using silicon to reduce my scarring?

It isn't the appearance that bothers me,but it's 'sticking' when I rotate my shoulder backwards (which I need to do to reduce the internal scarring from when the pacemaker took up residence on the edge of my armpit for two weeks. Plus I'm working towards starting an exercise programme (after 15 years not able to do anything, I need to get active again) and I don't w...

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Under muscle placement

I had a battery replacement surgery yesterday and had my pm moved to under the muscle.  I know from my surgeon and other posts that I would have more pain short term and it will be better long term. I’m excited about that as my other one was super sensitive and was not comfortable.  My question is how long is the recovery under muscle vs. under skin?   The pain is so much right now but I know it’ll get to be less.  I’m just trying to figure out how many d...

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AV node ablation -- Miss Tick is now in control

I arrived at the hospital at 0800, left at 1300 -- ablation went well (so I'm told -- I dozed all the way through and din't notice a thing) and I am now being paced 100% of the time at 80 bpm. (They'll lower that to 60 bpm at my return visit in 4 weeks time).

It was really a total non-event -- I have a little discomfort where the cannula was put in the back of my hands, and restrictions on lifting (2 weeks) and driving (2 days) .

But overall, I feel great already.

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Numbness at site

Hi, I’m 27, just had my first pacemaker placed. I’m two weeks post op and still have numbness surrounding the incision site, it extends about 1 inch below the incision. Wondering if this is permanent or will eventually go away. I was not put under general anesthesia for my procedure, had a numbing agent and conscious sedation with versed and fentanyl.

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OK - Joined the Club 17 October 2018

Hi

Aged 73 I had a stent on 11 October and a 2 lead PM [stage 2 heart block] inserted on the 17th.  Home on the 18th. 

Apart from some bruising around the incision site all seems to be OK.  There have been some issues connecting the monitor [error messages] which I hope to sort out on Monday.

I do have a question.  I haven't felt the PM do anything at all..... But I am still aware of my skipped beats.  Originally I thought the PM would preve...

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Cruise Control

Hi.  I had my post PM implant follow up appt. today.  I had a CRT-P put in October 3 with an AV node ablation. 

Everything seems to be proceeding apace.(Ha! ) I've got most of the range of motion back in my arm, tho' I still can't sleep on that side.  Incision is still a bit sore and swollen.  There have been quite a few days in the past couple of weeks when I got home from work very happy to greet a bottle of Tylenol and an ice pack.  Am trying...

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Neck & Back Pain

Good afternoon. I have a question for ya'll. It's been 5 weeks to the date since my CRT-D was implanted. Since the implantation I've developed neck and back tightness/ stifness. It is pretty uncomfortable. Something else that is weird is that when I tilt my head down, I feel a "sensation" inside my chest where my colar bones meet. I spoke with my Cardio about last Friday. He thinks that my body is still adjusting/ healing from the surgery which has caused my muscles to r...

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