pacemaker and surgery

Pretty soon I need surgery for my torn rotator cuff. I have a pacemaker and now I am wondering how the anaesthesia will work with my pacemaker.

I am sure the anaesthetist needs to know about my pacemaker. Does anybody had surgery with a pacemaker and what are the results? I am very scared what will happen. Thank you


3 Comments

pacemaker and surgery

by new to pace.... - 2021-04-26 04:42:54

Not to worry, they know what to do with your pacemaker.  Of course you need to let them know.about it.   You of course need to have your surgery done in a large hospital.

I had right shoulder replacement without any problems.  Am sure i was given more attention becuase of the pacemaker. 

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Surgery with a pacemaker

by Gemita - 2021-04-26 05:15:19

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5613599/

Firstly a patient with an implanted cardiac device can safely undergo surgery as long as certain precautions are taken and as new to pace suggests most good anaesthetists know what to do and will thoroughly assess your condition prior to surgery and take whatever steps are necessary to keep you safe.  

They will want to know what heart condition you have which led to the need for your pacemaker, whether you are pacemaker dependent, what type of device you have, for example you might have a pacemaker/defibrillator.  A thorough history will be taken before surgery when decisions can be made about a safe anaesthetic and dose for you.  

I have attached a full link entitled “Anaesthetic consideration in patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices scheduled for surgery” in case you want to read all about it which may help you to ask any questions you may have, but please be absolutely reassured that patients with implanted devices are having surgical procedures safely and effectively all the time, providing certain precautions are taken by your surgical team.

Good luck with your surgery and stay safe

Put your fears to rest

by Gotrhythm - 2021-04-26 13:12:56

Anesthesia has no effect on your pacemaker. None. The pacemaker continues to work exactly as it's programmed to whether you're under or not, just like it does at night when you're asleep. Sometimes, because of what the surgeon needs to do, a tech will be called to put your pacemaker into "safe" mode for the duration of the surgery. The teck will come back later to restore the pacemaker to the presurgery settlngs.

I assume you've already talked with your shoulder surgeon about any difficulties the pacemaker could present. I'm not sure exactly what you are afraid will happen under anesthesia, but the best thing is to talk to the anesthesiologist. Ususally they will visit you before the surgery, go over your medications, and any other conditions they need to know about. That's the time to tell them you have a pacemaker and ask any questions.

I've had several surgeries since I got my pacemaker. Anethesia was no problem at all.

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