Surprise sedation

Hi everyone. So I'm at the hospital before my pm change and learned I will get light sedation after all, not just a local.  Yes!

see you on the other side!



by Tracey_E - 2023-09-07 11:11:15

I'd much rather sleep through it than remember. Hope it goes smoothly! 

Good luck!

by USMC-Pacer - 2023-09-07 11:12:52

I'd rather be out too!

Pleasant Dreams

by docklock - 2023-09-07 11:31:58

I'd rather be out as well.  I'm scheduled for Carpel Tunnel Micro Surgery soon.  Dr. will do it under a local anethesia, not putting me out -- primarly because of PM.  I will NOT be looking at the surgery while it's being performed.   

God be with you

by Lavender - 2023-09-07 11:37:15

May things go smoothly! Let us know how you are later!🌸🌷

All Done!

by Lulu2468 - 2023-09-07 15:50:01

Thanks everyone!  I'm back home and all is well.  Docklock, I hope things change and you get some sedation.  
I'm not sure why I was told no sedation originally.  I asked everyone in the surgery room if many people just got a local for pm battery replacement and they all said they couldn't remember anyone not getting at least the Versed and Fentanyl they gave me today. 
I was happily surprised when the nurse started the IV line!  
I also learned from the Dr. that having my device in safe mode most likely did not account totally for the drop in the EF from 50-60 to 45 in 7 years and to follow up with a cardiologist.  My dad had a massive heart attack at age 42 and my older sister just had a mild heart attack so I will def follow through with that.

Til then...appreciate everyone's help and support.  What a great group!

Good luck on your journeys.

Yay all done!

by Lavender - 2023-09-07 16:25:35

Love the anesthesia combo you got-works for me! You sound chipper! Heal well with your new device!💐🧋

Whew, That's All Done!

by Marybird - 2023-09-07 20:02:36

Hi Lulu, Glad to hear you got your replacement pacemaker and got some sedation while it was being done. Hope your recovery will go well, and it does sound like a good idea to follow up with your cardiologist(s) as soon as you can.

Docklock, I just wanted to mention that I had carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand/wrist after I broke that wrist in 2020. I had a nice propofol/fentanyl/Versed nap during that surgery, even with the pacemaker which I had received a year earlier. I know there are some surgeons that do this surgery in the office or in a surgery center with only a local anesthesia, maybe your surgeon has a preference for that? I've also had a number of other procedures using conscious sedation, so don't think the conscious sedation is contraindicated for those with pacemakers.

Box replacement can be difficult

by crustyg - 2023-09-08 04:33:58

Chum of mine reported that the surgeon really struggled to free his old PM from the scar tissue that anchored it in place.  Not comfortable and quite slow, much worse than the initial pocket creation.

Still on my first, so I have that to look forward to!

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So, my advice is to go about your daily routine and forget that you have a pacemaker implanted in your body.