Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

Scar creams

Did most of you use a scar cream after implantation? And, for those who did, when is the best time to start using it and which one do you recommend? I am 6 weeks out from implantation and forgot to ask my EP about this. 

Thanks. 

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ablation

i am a 55 year old male who had a-fib 

i had a pacemaker/defrib put in sept 2017 

i have been back in rythym since october of 2017(with the help of amioradone )

i have a consult set up to discuss having an ablation and getting off the medicine

just wondering if anyone else was in this situation and had any advice

 

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27 high hopes

I am 4 hours from getting a pace maker tossed into my rib cage. My brother already calls me tony stark. It doesnt seem like this should be happening... but my 24 hour heart monitor results showed my bpm had dropped to 14 bpm a total of 11 times. Im very curious for life after this change. Thank you for having this forum here for resource. Ive  already read so many posts and articles. I look forward to speaking with all of you.

Respectfully,

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Two days till PM surgery

Friday the 28th will be my surgery for getting a pacemaker. I have done so much reading and had my pre-op last friday. I got to meet with the anesthesiaologist and had blood work done as well as another ekg. I was not really nervous then and even earlier in the week I wasn't, but now knowing I only have two days, I am all kinds of nervous. Like I know what to expect from the anesthesiast, and for the surgery from what i read, but I still feel like a wreak. Was anyone else nervous? Wh...

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Hematoma

Had surgery about nearly weeks now and i believe its called a pocket hematoma just asking how long does it take to recover and any tipa

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Slight pain in the implant site

Hi,I was wondering if it's normal to sometimes feel a quick sharp pain(doesnt last long just about like half a second) around the implant location even after 1 month of surgery?

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Hematoma

Had surgery nearly 2 weeks ago to swap pacemaker lead but found my scar is still bruised and a little swollen guess its hematoma how long does it usually take and is there any ways can get down quickly 

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Lead extraction

My dad is 100% dependent on his pacemaker defibrillator unit. The turned off one lead to lower chamber today because it was kicking his diaphragm so much it affected his breathing and he couldn't sleep.  They are planning lead extraction in 10 days. There are 5 or 6 leads, some of which have been there since 1998. Any idea what his procedure and recovery will be like? 

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12 days in and it was all going so well... until it wasn't

12 days ofter PM implementation, and I woke up in a cold sweat in the night with significant pain in my shoulder, armpit and arm -- the kind of pain you get from pinched nerves.  And the 'geography' of my chest had altered...

My pacemaker (placed under the muscle) seems to have shifted spontaneously -- whereas before it wasn't in the least visible and I couldn't even feel it though the skin/muscle, it is now sitting above the scar at the junction between the shoulde...

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Recovery from Pacemaker

My husband (age 76) will soon be having a pacemaker procedure. I am physically disabled and he is my caregiver.

I would like to know what we can expect in terms of recovery. Approximately how long will he be "out of commission". We will hire a caregiver while he is unable to care for me. How long is the recovery period in general? I should add that he does not have to lift me but I do need assistance with some activities of daily living.

Than...

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Anyone else have experience with when to restart a biologic after pacemaker implantation?

It's been 11 days since my pacemaker was implanted when I developed a slow heartbeat and was diagnosed with heart block. I have a form of rheumatoid arthritis called Adult Onset Stills Disease, and am on Humira and methotrexate to keep it in remission. With any surgery, I always have to stop the biologic until I'm healed. My  scar is healing well and don't seem to have any signs of infection , so that's good news. My rheumatologist says not to restart the Humira until all...

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Pacemaker

Hi , my name is Derik Julian I am a 32 year old male from Northern California. I have had aortic valve replacement twice . Once when I was 18 and once when I was 26 . When I got the last one I had to get a pacemaker due to failure . I am now going to be getting device replacement around December 2018 . I am woundering if anyone can comfort me about a second time or third time replacement my worries are huge as I have twin baby girls and a boy due October 1 2018 . And they need there dadd...

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Post PM Surgery problems & Conditions

Hello Fellow Pacers!

I am very glad to have found the Pacemaker Club website and have felt great comfort when browsing at all the available experience. You have the procedure and you go home with very little practical support. 

PM insertion end Aug 2018 for AV node that blocks some pulses at rest but works well on exercise. My resting pulse was 48 bpm average now 68 with the PM. But this is not a question about the PM and settings..

Post surgery a after 30 min...

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Day 5. Still going OK

I suspect I'm having it easy compared with some, for which I'm very grateful.

5 days post-implantation and although it aches a bit around the scar, I'm not in what I'd call pain, especially after I worked out that stuffing extra padding in the bottom of my left bra-cup took off a lot of strain (I have what my mother used to call a large crumb-shelf).  It does make me look like a lopsided Barbara Windsor but it's definitely worth it, and I wish somebody had told...

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8 weeks post op

Hi fellow friends 😊 so I’m 8 weeks post op and just wondering does anyone else still have pain? It’s not the incision but almost where the leads go into the vein, the PM also hurts if I lay the wrong way in bed and other times it just aches. Getting very frustrated and the doctor says it’s healed perfectly and I just have to forget that it’s there. I sometimes wish I didn’t have this and just left things alone.

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sleep positions and physical therapy after surgery

My pacemaker was implanted 9/3/18, and I'm coping well, able to manage discomfort with tylenol. One issue during recovery has been difficulty sleeping well on my back and figuring out how to sleep on my right side. I've found that placing a  small pillow under my left arm helps be more comfortable. I have not been able to sleep on my left side at all.  I got conflicting advice regarding motion allowed for my left arm from the hospital on discharge, and my surgeon's nurse...

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Pacemaker

When I am all heeled and recovered will I have a lump where my pacemaker is or will that all go away on time?

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Pacemaker arm restriction

when i was sent home after my pacemaker procedure last week, i was told not to raise my (pacemaker side) arm. Is that just post-op, or is that the way it's going to be from now ok?

Thanks

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Complications

I had a pacemake installed on 8-6-2-18, it started bleeding about 2 weeks ago, rust colored blood, I have seen the doctor 3 differeent times, they re guled it twice, I have devolped a hemamotoma under the pacemake. I am on my second 10 day dose of antiobotic. My doctor says if the bleeding does not stop by next week, he wants me to go back in and have the pacemaker removed from the left side and a new one put in my write side. I am on coumidan because I have a mechanical heart valve. When the...

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Recovery after pacemaker battery replacement

I am due for my first pacemaker replacement in 2 weeks. I understand that most likely it will be an outpatient procedure with general anesthesia for pain but I will be awake. How longer after will a be in bed only? When will I walking around only in mild discomfort? I have an office job - mainly on the computer- when can I return to the office? Will I be in pain. I just don’t know what to expect. Any guidance would be appreciated. Thanks!

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