Swelling of arm and hand after replacement of failed Medtronic Pacemaker

I had surgery two days ago to replace a Medtronic Pacemaker that had been implanted since 2014 when I had a heart transplant. It had done its job for 8 years.

That new replacement Pacemaker broke after 24 hours and was pacing at 49 beats per minute.

I went to the emergency room  and that new Medtronic Pacemaker had to be replaced with yet another new Pacemaker . They also replaced the original 8 year old lead with a new lead when they put in this new new Pacemaker. Seems the old lead had somehow become detached from the first replacement pacemaker, so they replaced both lead and pacemaker.

I have been home now for about 48 hours and my hand and arm are swollen extremely large with fingers that look like sausages. The only real pain is in my shoulder. Please note that my Pacemaker is implanted on the right side. All the swelling is happening on the right side also.

Has anybody here experienced such swelling? If so, any ideas on what to do or when it may stop of its own accord?

I wish to avoid going to the hospital again.


ER time

by AgentX86 - 2022-11-26 21:54:51

Go to the ER now.  It doesn't matter what you want to do. GO!

Go to the ER

by Aberdeen - 2022-11-27 16:43:12

Something is not right! As Agent 86 and Angry Sparrow said you must get it seen to now! Let us know how you get on!

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It may be the first time we've felt a normal heart rhythm in a long time, so of course it seems too fast and too strong.