8 weeks after a PM inserted it feels like one corner worked its way out of the pocket somehow. I can feel the whole corner. Are they insert to move around? Does anyone else have this?

Thanks as always




by Tracey_E - 2020-01-05 10:40:44

In theory they are stitched into place and shouldn't move. The reality is some doctors don't stitch it, or the stitch can come loose so it's not uncommon for it to move around some. Mine has shifted considerably. As long as it's not flipped over it's ok. 


by Pacer2019 - 2020-01-05 11:22:46

Is it painful ?


by RedRocksGirl - 2020-01-05 15:10:26

Had my first ICD put in last January, it "broke free" and was literally moving all over, ended up three rib spaces below its original placement and was SUPER painful. The EP could palpate it and knew it was way below where he put it and x-ray confirmed it.  He did a pocket revision a few days later. Told me he used three sutures this time to keep it in place.

I think it would have been fine with the exception that I walk with crutches (forearm ones) and each step I use my pec muscles. Pretty sure that's what caused it to become dislodged from its original position. 

I'd make an appointment and have your doctor check it out.


by Gotrhythm - 2020-01-05 16:13:30

According to my surgeon, a certain amount of movement is not only normal, it is desirable. Skin naturally moves over the underlying tissue when you move. And the underlying tissue naturally moves too. Problems with skin erosion are far more likely when skin and pacemaker always stay in exactly one place.

Being able to feel the pacemaker under the skin is not a big deal. As the swelling goes away, you might be able to feel the edges all around. Or you might not. It really doesn't matter.

 But if the pacemaker actually comes through the skin--that's a problem. Call your doctor immediately.

Resist temptation to feel around and fiddle with the pacemaker. Even though the wound is closed, healing is still taking place underneath. Leave it alone.

Thank you all

by Joe Newbie - 2020-01-05 17:51:35

Thank you all for the feedback. It's not painful, just feels weird being able to touch it.

Agree no more touching that area.

Thanks again - Joe

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