Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

Reasons for replacement

Hi!

I just want to ask if there are any other reasons for replacement besides low battery?

Thank you!

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Post ICD implant pain

I just had my first ICD put in a little over two weeks ago. In general I feel SO much better than I have in the past 2 1/2 years (diagnosis is heart failure) but I've got pain up at my collarbone where the leads are going into the carotid artery. I expected pain from the muslce trauma where they inplanted the ICD but not where the leads are. It feels tight there and like they're "pulling", even if I'm not moving around.  I'm a leg amputee and walk with fora...

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Settling in

I had my PM fitted 5 days ago so is there a settling period,Iam suffering anxiety which sometimes makes me feel lightheaded is this normal.Ihave this ongoing fear of leads dislodging and have had this fear ever since I was diagnosed and a PM  suggested.Doctors these days don't give out prescription for calm me downs they prefer a visit to the Phsycologist they don't work with me having suffered with anxiety etc for years.

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Extreme pain during surgery!!!

New to the forums and this is my first post!! I'm due to have some upcoming procedures that are normally done under local anesthesia and it's making me very anxious to relive what I went through with my pacemaker, while researching I came across the club here and thought I would share my experience and see if anyone had any advice.  

So my story goes something like this....

Endocarditis in August of 2017 caused me to have a tricuspid Valve replacement, during rep...

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Protruding pacemaker

Hello everybody! I just want to say thanks in advance for any insights you're willing to share. It's comforting to know there's a community out there.

So, I just had surgery to replace my pacemaker for the second time (this is my third pacemaker) 11 days ago. My concern is that my pacemaker isn't fitting into my pocket the same way the other ones did?! This new pacemaker is the same model and size of my last one, but instead of laying flat it's protrud...

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Improving Scarring

I had my third pacemaker implant surgery about a week ago. The first was when I was 2, again at and twelve and then now at 22. 

The past ten years I have worked very hard at healing my scar and not being affected by it. I got to a point where it didn’t bother or I hinder me in anyway, sometimes I even forgot it was there until someone asked me about it. But now I have a new scar and it’s bringing me back to how I felt at 13. My new pacemaker is also...

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New pace maker

I had my pacemaker implanted 3 days ago I'm quite anxious about it anyway but the pain around the wound seems to be getting better but I'm feeling breathless and have alot of intergestion has anyone else felt like this? 

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When will I feel improvement?

Had a loop recorder installed 8.5months ago after syncope and dizziness. It showed the bradychardia immediately, and over time heart block.Had bradychardia- down to 37 bpm at rest, and pauses (2.5-6 seconds). Had a PM installed 9 Jan 2019.

I've had CFS for years, and am hoping it was actually the bradychardia, and I'll feel better. I have been a bit less breathless (my breathlessness is usually at rest- when my HR falls), and am less tired after meals,  but am still ge...

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Pain

Had my PM surgery 10 days ago. The intermittent pain is getting to me. Mostly during the night, or after rising. I feel the PM all the time- either pressing, shoulder pain or a burning pain at the place of the PM. How long does this last?

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New Pacemaker

Hi just found out today that I need a pacemaker. New to the heart issues and feeling a little overwhelmed with this new chapter of my life. I am 61 years old and have never had any problems until Bradycardia was discovered in November. After all tests and an event monitor, Dr says Pacemaker 2/6/19. Just need a little info on what to expect. Thanks

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Pacemaker- medtronic

I just received my pacemaker on Monday and since my release on Tuesday I've been feeling a thump on my chest and last night I woke up trying to catch my breath. Felt like i was drowning in my sleep. This happened 3 times throughout the night. Along with feeling that way I felt really dizzy, almost like I was about to pass out. My cardiologist did tell me he paced it at a high number so I'm thinking its that. Has anyone had similar symptoms? Any tips on recovery

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How do Drs know which brand and model pacemaker to implant

So I have a Medtronic Advisa Dr MRI Pacemaker for my bradycardia. My question is how did I end up with that Pace maker and not a different branded one is it a choice by the surgeon?

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Awaiting my pacemaker implant on 16/1/19

Hi everyone, totally new to pacemakers. I am looking for some advice please.   New Years Day my HR dropped to 37 bpm for a short while, then returned to normal. Fortunately I captured an ECG on my Kardia machine and forwarded on to the Cardiologist. I had an appointment on the 7th Jan the ECG showed complete heart block. I am having a dual chamber pacemaker fitted on the 16th Jan.  I am wondering are there any pertinent questions I should ask the cardiologist, or any beneficial...

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Lead Extraction

I have had my pacemaker for 5 years (I'm 24). I experienced complications with my first surgery and for my second surgery I need a complete lead extraction. 

Has anyone experienced a lead extraction surgery between 5--8 years of the initial surgery? What was the recovery and surgery process like? 

Thank you! I am just nervous and would love some input from people who have been through the same thing. 

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Recovery + diving

Had a biotronic implant on New Year’s Eve for Trifascicular Block. Now day 10 feeling weak mornings, but better as day progresses. Had really awful nocturnal panic attacks whilst sleeping. Would wake with nausea, disorientation + rocketing blood pressure. Called ambulance x3 but nothing found at hospital . Was becoming afraid to sleep, so decided to knock my self out with some Valium. No problems since. As my favourite hobby is cave diving + wreck diving with regular depths to 70m I hav...

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Ablasion

Has anyone had ablasion to deal with upper valve skipped beats? My doctor is recommending that for me to deal with these which they say are harmless but a nuisance.

thx

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Pace Maker

I had a Medtronic pacemaker implant 3 weeks ago. I still have a large. hard and painful swelling at the incision site, and pain all around the whole operation area. Also quite bad pain in my shoulder. Is this normal? I know 3 people with pacemakers, and none of them have had these problems.. 

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Recovery - sub pec

Hello all! 

I got to ring in the new year and my 27th birthday with my new chicken nugget (what I call my pacemaker- not sure why), as I just had my first PM implanted sub pec on 12/17. My incision looks absolutely beautiful (like there will be almost no scar!), and I’m not as swollen as I was the first two weeks out.  As I’m in my third week, I’ve returned to work (I am a teacher), and the last two days have been a bit rough. I was just wondering how re...

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Pacemaker Implant 1/7/2019

Good evening everyone! The new pacemaker and leads are in! Got here at 10:30 am then got into surgery around 11. I woke up not feeling too great lol honestly the most painful thing was the catheter. Surgery was around 5 hours and the doctors attempted a lead extraction but my leads were so thin and so difficultly placed that whenever they tried to extract them they would just stretch and then break. After noticing this they called off the lead extraction as it would have been too ri...

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Be a PAIN!

A note to anyone heading to any hosp. or whatever for PM implantation: Be a PAIN.  INSIST those who put their hands on you be as clean as possible. You'll be in an environment where you can easily become infected with the Clostridium Difficile bug.  It used to be somewhat limited to the elderly using antibiotics but, .................no more! Any age group can develop a C. Diff infection and it ain't no fun!!

--Dave--

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I've seen many posts about people being concerned about exercise after having a device so thought I would let you know that yesterday I raced my first marathon since having my pacemaker fitted in fall 2004.