Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

Tingling / weakness

Recently we’ll tuesday had my 2nd pacemaker first change , I keep getting a tingling and weakness in my left arm is this normal ? I had low blood pressure loss of feeling after my op , but it came back but ever since it’s been weak and tingly is this circulation or something to do with the new pacemaker ? Should I be worried ? 

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Newly fitted pacemaker

So I’ve recently yesterday had a new pacemaker inserted after having one put in 9 years ago nearly at 20 years of age , after giving birth to my daughter 14 weeks early due to mySelf apparently being born with congenital heart block this was the only option I had . I have a son also who was born before our daughter who was 6 weeks early yet this was never picked up on even know my pulse was low . I have spent all day in agony after yesterday and become extremely anxious about how l...

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surgery with dual chamber pacemaker

Could anyone tell me if it is safe to have lower spine surgery with a dual chamber pacemaker? They will be using electric cauterization. Thanks, Patty

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Muscle spasms

I just recently had my ICD put in on 10/31/2018 about 2 weeks later i started getting muscle spasms on the lower right side if my abdomen does anyone else have this or should I call my doctor. Im concerned because I've never had it before my son thought i had hiccups. Any suggestions

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PM replacement

I'm getting myself my 3rd pacemaker in a few days.  Generator change only.  EP suggested I see a surgeon to replace and reroute one of the three leads, but I declined. EP asked, "Why not?" I answered, "My hematologist - who watches over my blood issues (ITP, Lupus anticoagulant, Antiphospholipid Syndrome, along with a low platelet count usually around 100K) has stated: AVOID any knife!" The skin opening for a PM is not considered like a typical surg...

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Impacted wisdom tooth removal

80;yr old with icd 

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Still always tired

It has been 3 weeks since my pacemaker implantation. (Oct. 26th 2018) I still feel extremely tired at all times. Yes, it did fix my abnormal heart rythm, but I was guaranteed relif of fatigue. I am yet to feel that. Please tell me what I can do about this or something that may help me cope.

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Whats going on?

Got my pacemaker Thursday.  Got home yesterday from hospital, today I am moving furniture and packing, driving.   Everything on the list they say not to do but I have no choice.  So since I will be doing the same thing tomorrow and monday and tuesday and wed and prob thurs.  cause I have to move it all myself.  How bad could I really hurt myself?  I have looked at all my options and I am the only one that can do it :/  

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pacemaker

Got bad bruising after pacemaker insertion, took over 2hours for surgeon to complete it !! Struggling

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Prolong pain underneath pacemaker

My husband had a pacemaker implant on Aug. 30th, 2018. It is now almost 2 1/2 months and he still has pain underneath the pacemaker. Incision has healed well.  Cardiologist said it will take time.  About 3 weeks ago, he also developed shingles on the right hand area just opposite his pacemaker implantation, above the nipples.  Shingles could be cause by stress.  Not sure if this is related to his pacemaker's pain.  Has anyone experience this condition? ...

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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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