Bullet pacemaker issue

I had surgery yesterday. It has been roughly 12 hours since. Can I sleep on my right side, which is where the surgeon entered my groin? Right now, I'm sleeping on my back and feel like robot lying in a box. I normally sleep on my sides. Thanks,.



by new to pace.... - 2022-03-10 12:05:15

welcome to the club .  I slept on my back using a recliner for 6 weeks. to make sure all healed before sleeping on my right side which is where i normaly sleep.  And now occoasionaly on my left where the pacemaker is.

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Bullet (Micra) pacemaker issue

by Gemita - 2022-03-10 12:21:34

Don, welcome.  Sure you can sleep whichever side you wish but you might want to avoid the right side until your groin area is well healed and feeling less tender?  I suffered quite badly when I had a procedure (angiogram and Electrophysiology Study) and had a femoral arterial puncture.  They can be very uncomfortable in the wrong hands!  It took weeks for my access area to heal and for the pseudo aneurysm to drain, despite closing the puncture site with a vascular device called Angio Seal.  Hopefully your access area has not been traumatised and you will soon be more comfortable. 

Look forward to hearing all about your new Micra.  I have a dual lead pacemaker Medtronic (since 2018).


by AgentX86 - 2022-03-10 14:39:07

Ditto the side sleeping (plus left side) stomach. Ditto the recliner too.  I tend to run into these sleep problems.  The first time was a CABG (five months), then my PM (two months), and more recently (a fractured wrist and surgery (another month).  We have a recliner in our bedroom, with a good view of the TV. ;-)

A micra implant would go into the femeral vein, not the artery. I've had several catheters in the femoral vein and one the femoral artery (and one through the radial artery). I've never had a lot of problem with them but never had something as large as a Micra inserted, either.  The vein is smaller than the artery, so I imagine it could cause some more damage/pain.

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by MinimeJer05 - 2022-03-14 10:23:16


After my PM implant I notice I don't sleep as well. I'm sure the biggest factor is my sleep apnea (waiting on my CPAP machine), but PM-related, whenever I sleep on my left side, I get a sore arm/body/etc for quite some time.

I no longer like sleeping on my left side, even though that was my best side for sleeping.

It takes time -- I'm sure it will get better after a while.

Take care


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