I posted a question about my upcoming surgery in the near future in the "general" forum. I got five replies, which I very much appreciated. But then I realized there is a separate forum for surgery and recovery. So I thought I would try again. I have watched several YouTube videos on pacemaker placement where they talk about covering your face during the surgery... in fact here is a quote from the Internet: " In most patients we place the pacemaker just below the collarbone on the left chest wall. ... The-technicians will cover your chest and face with a drape to protect the sterile area where we'll work (the drape over the face can bother some patients—we can provide more sedation to you if you think this will be a problem).
My question...since most of you recently had pacemaker surgery is.....was the drape over your face a problem or issue for YOU or was this done after you were knocked out? Or are you even aware that it was done at all ?
This surgery is pretty scary to me and I would think it was probably scary for you too unless you have done it before. I was told to talk to the anestheologist about my concerns since I am claustrophobic which I will do. Comments ? Did you have a personal experience where they covered your face and you were freaked out? Were you able to do anything about it? Did they put orange iodine all over your shoulder before surgery? Approximately how long did your pacemaker surgery take? I am referring to the total time of your surgery. One person I spoke with claimed his surgery was only about 20 minutes and he was in and out of surgery in 40 minutes. Your experience ?