Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

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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Just 20 hrs since Bos Sci L331 MRI DL DR

For my experience, the implant yesterday afternoon was great (20 hrs ago).  No significant pain overnight or today.  So no painkillers needed at all yet.

The recovery was quick and total time including surgery and recovery and release was just 3 hrs .

Feeling great and following all post surgery directions. So far so good .

Unit is expected to last over 14 yrs at 50% pacing. It's a bigger device than other Boston units .

Feels fine in this 72 yr old body....

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Sedation

I have a CRT-D and will need a new device in the near future.  I had a bad experience with counsious sedation and wonder if I can request general sedation so I sleep through the surgery.  I woke up numerous times previously and felt tugging as they put the device in. All of the sedation that’s needed made me sick after the surgery.   I had it put in under muscle so it would not show so it took awhile to get put in.  Has anyone had general sedation rather than counsio...

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Day 1 -- all good so far

So, my pacemaker was implanted yesterday (in at 0900, home by 1630 including a 90 minute journey home), without a lot of fuss, except the conscious sedation left me conscious and not at all sedated and definitely feeling everything that was going on, so I swore at lot at the surgeon, who very apologetically said I'd had as much fentanyl as they could give me.  The local worked so I didn't feel the incision, but he brushed a nerve several times which gave me shooting pains down my...

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What is this upper left back pain!!

What the heck is this left upper back pain? I’m 11 days Post and this pain started on day 5! It’s towards the upper middle of my back right next to my shoulder blade. It’s just one little area. It feels like someone is sticking a knife in my back in that area. It only feels good to lay on my back on the heating pad. It feels like nerve pain that radiates to the back of my left arm. I’m just over it and wonder what it is. I haven’t limited my arm much. My doc said...

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Pain level

3 days Post Op... Pain on a scale of 1-10 is intermittent at about a 5. It’s like a tooth ache. Hurts more when I lay down at night. I was given hydrochodone day of surgery and released w otc Tylenol. So far I’ve taken 800 mg once or twice a day since Tuesday’s surgery. How about everyone else? 

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