Pacemaker Replacement - What should I expect?
I have had a Medtronic pacemaker since September 1999, and it's being replaced in 1 1/2 weeks. My doctor said the leads are good, so it's just the pacer being replaced. I've been told this is an easier recovery than the original surgery, which is good since the first one was LONG and painful. (I was a skinny 21 year old, and they had to do some serious digging to carve out a spot for it.)
At the pre-op consult with my surgeon (same one as last time), I only thought to ask about lifting my baby (12 1/2 pound, 8 month old) and he said not for a few days. But that's all the info I got, and the appt. was too rushed for me to remember everything else.
When the leads aren't being done, do we still have to follow the "no arms above head" rule for awhile, or is it safe to just go by what feels comfortable? What is recovery like for a simple pm replacement?
I know he'll tell me all this stuff at the hospital, but I need to plan ahead for what kind of help I'll need after, and for how long. I have an 8 month old and a 3 year old. I also babysit a 4 year old nephew and 7 year old niece and need to know approx. how long I'll need off.
Hubby has the day of surgery, as well as the 2 days after, off from work, and I have people who can help me during the days after that, but will I still need help at night to lift baby? (He wakes a few times a night to eat still).
Any other info that I might need to know, but haven't thought of?
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At age 20, I will be getting a pacemaker in few weeks along with an SA node ablation. This opportunity may change a five year prognosis into a normal life span! I look forward to being a little old lady with a wicked cane!