Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

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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CRT-P

1 week since my CRT-P install. Had my dual lead pacemaker replaced as EP feels it's causing pacemaker induced cardiomyopathy (low 40's EF with some dilation of both ventricles). I was RV pacing about 90% of the time with the dual lead PM. My QRS under RV pacing was real wide above 150 ms ie: ventricle dyssyncrony. The good news so far is that I don't have any symptoms from the cardiomyopathy except for maybe a little abdomen water weight and I still have good exercise tolerance so...

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New Pacemaker Placement

Well here we are again, tomorrow I go in for  third pacemaker since 2013. My battery is officially EOL & we are moving the new one subpectorally. Being left handed, my current one came out of pocket 4 years ago & it’s almost completely poking through my skin. Has anyone had theirs moved from under skin to subpectoral? How was the recovery? This is the last pacemaker I will most likely get before I officially get added to the transplant list. Needless to say I am anxious abo...

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Anemia 1 week after pacemaker put in.

I am a healthy woman who had pacemaker put in a week ago.  Had some discomfort and a low grade fever for a few days but very manageable.  Blood tests yesterday show anemia.  Is this common? Should I be concerned? Waiting to see what doctor says but wanted to ask in this forum.

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Mitral valve repair

Hi All I am new to this site as just came across it & looking for reassurance. I had open heart surgery in Dec 2016 as my mitral valve was leaking & repaired. In Mar 2018 I had a PM fitted &now been told following an echocardiogram that my mitral valve may need another surgery to stop it leaking again.  Can I ask if anybody has undergone open heart surgery twice as I am very concerned as I suspect it would be much more difficult to reopen me up the second time around. I would...

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back pain

Just had biventricular implant. Zero pain until  middle of night on day four. Terrific back pain when I breath. Went to MD next morning. All tests fine including repeat x ray. He suggested nsaids/tylenol. Today a little better but when I bent over had some chest wall pain. I assume that the chest pain is from implant pulling. Ther back pain could be anything including spasms or tension.

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Itching like crazy

I'm 22 years old and I had my first pacemaker implanted on december 18, I've had no complications from the surgery. Once the scar had formed I started using Mederma products on it. Mederma advanced during the day and Mederma PM at night. I should also mention I had a loop recorder implanted before and it was removed during the pm surgery so I've got the one scar between my collar bone, breast and shoulder for the pm and one between my sternum and my breast from...

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Was told I'd get an MRI-compatible device, but didn't.

During my surgical consult, the electrophysiologist told me I'd be getting an MRI-ready device. After I came out of surgery, I was told I'd gotten the Unify Assura 3357-40Q, which is NOT MRI rated. 

When you get the wrong thing in a store or restaurant, you can send it back for the right one. Not so much when it's a device that's been implanted in your body.

Can anyone offer some insight about why he might have chosen this one instead of another? Are...

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Position

Why do they always put it on the left side of your body the pm I mean or is that only in a America?

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New to the Pacemaker Club

The information I have read on this site has been really helpful to me in my rocovery. I had no idea that there was a "Pacemaker Club".

Due to Sick Sinus Syndrome, my natural pacemaker was failing, I recently had a PM implanted on 2/6/19. Today, was my 2 week anniversary. I am feeling remarkably good today.

The first week after my procedure was pretty brutal. I was in a lot of pain and was advised by the nurse to take Tylenol or Aleve. Since I wasn't put on a blood t...

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25 year old recovering from Medtronic Azure dual chamber ppm insertion for junctional rhythm. Sharing my journey.

Hi everyone! I'm a cardiothoracic critcal care nurse, I like to call myself recently nurse turned patient. I am 25 years old. Over the past year I have had some road bumps. I had arthoscopic hip surgery leading to a DVT/Bilateral PE's. Sometime after I developed junctional rhythm. Had an episode of pulmnonary edema leading to respiratory failure. I had Medtronic Azure dual chamber pacemaker inserted sub-pectoral on 02/05/2019 with a loop recorder removal. Previously I had a loop recor...

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Pacemaker to CRT-P Upgrade

I'll be getting an upgrade from a std dual lead pacemaker to a CRT-P in less than 2 weeks. EP believes my wide QRS (ventricle dyssyncrony) is causing a lowered ejection fraction. I have had 2 pacemakers in the same submucular pocket so this would be the 3rd device (I assume a larger one at that) in the same pocket. Aesthetically, previous EP did a great job with submuscular implant as there was no buldge at all after swelling went away and PM seated in pocket.

Couple of questions:

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Just Feeling Strange

I have had my pacemaker implanted 3 weeks ago for stage 3 block after passing out at work. I am a soon to be 65 year old male in pretty good physical condition. I found out that my pacemaker is pacing 93% of the time for my ventricles. My comment or question is "How long until you get used to this?" My heart just feels so different. Sometime it feels like butterflies in my chest and other times it sems to take my breath away. Is this mormal and if so, will I ever get accustomed to i...

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