Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

Getting Defibrillator on Friday

I'm 52/F who had a LAD Heart attack (aka Widowmaker) Jun, 2019. At the time my ejection fraction was 10-15%. After hard work, eating better and losing lots of weight, it went to 35-40%. Last week, echo revealed that it is now 20-25% so I was referred to an Electrophysiologist. My appointment was earlier today and they scheduled the procedure for this Friday. 
 

I was definitely scared out of my mind but I wanted to thank everyone posting for sharing your sto...

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Pacemaker implant one week ago

Hi,

I had a pacemaker implant one week ago. Occasionally I get a burning sensation in the middle of my chest that sort of feels like a "Hotwire". Anyone else experienced this or can you tell me if this is normal one week after surgery? I have not had my pacemaker checked yet I have to wait another week for that . Thank you for any insight you can provide. 

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Replacement

I just received a message that it's time to replace my pacemaker. Approximately how long will it be before my surgery?

please share how long you may have waited 

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Anxiety and Nightmares

Anybody familiar with intense anxiety and nightmares after have pacemaker surgery.  I had my surgery last Wednesday and now too scared to sleep.

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Shoulder exercises after inital impmant

Just wondering if anyone has any links to any good shoulder exercises or things to do with your PM side arm after surgery.

I'm trying to use it for regular things such as cooking etc but even on day 5 after my PM it's starting to get stiff (I usually go to the gym/play tennis, golf or netball 6days per week so it's very unusual for me).

Any tips/tricks or things that worked well would be much appriciated!

Cheers Jae. 

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Pacemaker syndrome/lead out of place 2nd time

I'm home. I was in hospital over night. Im i. Much more pain after this 3rd time being cut open. Everything went well. I am tired and aching and feel feverish but no fever. Is this normal? Last 2 surgery's i was on pain management for years before so dont remember all this. Now my body is crystal clean so it seems much more intense. Only taking ibuprofen. Thanks everyone.

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Surgery? By whom?

Since my EP wasn't able to address my third lead issue, he suggested we get together with a cardiovascular surgeon to place a lead into the heart outside a vein.Anyone here have any experience with cardiovascular surgeons getting involved with their PM and/or PM leads?

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Blood thinners , pacemaker change and Surgery

Dear members,

Please could I ask you your kind advise and/or opinion? My dad who recenlty started having AF is now taking Eliquis as blood thinner and soon to get his PM battery change. He is 70. He was also recently diagnosed with Groin Hernia (moderate) and is recommended to have surgery. Since now he is on blood thinners his EP recommends getting both surgeries done consecutively as he needs to come off blood thinners and while without blood thinners. The Surgeon who's...

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shoulder surgery

well now home with right arm in heavy duty velcro sling.  when they   listened to the pacemaker  he asked about the afib still at 7 % .  thank goodness a couple of my friends offered to help.  as it takes 2  hands to undo sling for excerises..  using left that is why no capitals.  staples out on the 16th.  dr. said he got all of the avascular necroicses out.

mary

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Surgery-claustrophobia

I posted a question about my upcoming surgery in the near future in the "general" forum. I got five replies, which I very much appreciated. But then I realized there is a separate forum for surgery and recovery. So I thought I would try again. I have watched several YouTube videos on pacemaker placement where they talk about covering your face during the surgery... in fact here is a quote from the Internet:  " In most patients we place the pacemaker&nbs...

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What can I expect....

I received my dual chamber Medtronic PM 2/28/2020 after being diagnosed with sinoatrial exit block which my cardiologist explained as being scar tissue in an area effecting my hearts natural pacemaker, this being the only way to correct the issue. Had my 1 week checkup, doc said all looks good, starting pacer clinic next week.  So going forward, what can I expect?  My doc said carry on as normal but would still like to hear member opinions. I understand there is a healing and adjust...

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When to life left elbow above shoulder?

What is the consensus of when you should be able to lift your left elbow above your shoulder again? 

Thanks, Tim

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Cardiac Rehab After Pacemaker Implant

Is cardiac rehab required or recommended after pacemaker implantation? I have had AVR's and found this to help tremendously. 

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surgery

thanks, unfortuately this is the only hospital this doctor operates in Sarasota.

  I am not concerned about this virus as much as i want to be able to use my arm freely without pain.    Have had the blood tests and MRSA test last week and was deemed healthy.

This virus thing can go on for many months.    what about others who are awaiting Pacemakers or ICD's.  should they wait?

One of my friends said now was the right time as the hospitals a...

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safe to have surgery with this virus floating around

hi all . am currently scheduled for reverse shoulder surgery on friday March 6th. the hospital am using in fl.  is one of those that had a confirmed one of those virus cases.  Is this a good time for surgery,   Pacemaker seems to be ok.

mary

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loss of appetite after implanting pacemaker

I got a DDDR pacemaker planted on 22.02.20. but right now  I dont feel  like  eating anything .Is  this normal after pacemaker implantation?

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new pacemaker

Hi everyone! 
 

i just got my first pacemaker after experiencing quite a few episodes of prolonged syncope with asystole theoughout the years. I also have hashimotos and a slew of other issues that aren't quite bad enough for treatment yet- we are just "watching". I just got my pacer last Tuesday and was able to go back to work today (also I am 23 F, so any tips about getting a pacemaker at a young age are appreciated!). i have way more energy than I ever ha...

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Recovery after PM incision

Hello it’s been 8 wks now since my incision.  still felt the tingling pain come and go occurrences. And this morning I felt energetic doing some laundry and unloading dishwasher. Using my left arm which still has tightening on my shoulder and armpit. But afterwards I felt uncomfortable pressure/ pain in my chest. Anybody experienced this?? Just feeling impatient until when I got up in the morning feeling all this heaviness and    Pressure? And having some back p...

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Reach left to right

DDD Medtronic PM placed 1/2/2020, left side. When I reach left to right to bath my right shoulder my PM binds up. Is it safe for me to reach left to right like that? Is that risky in any way or should I just do whatever as long as it doesn't hurt? 
really not sure how active and how much I can just ignore it and do whatever I want with my arm or if I need to be cautious with certain movements. Doc office just says I have no restrictions. I still get what I think are shoulder joi...

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My 4th pacemaker change...and getting nervous

So I am 40 and had my pacemaker at the age of 14.  I am due for my fourth implant in the next week or so and super nervous this time around as surgeon says the more often you change the battery, the higher risk of infection.  He told me he rarely sees patients my age already going on their fourth pacemaker!!! So now I am freaking out...anyone else out there get their pacemaker as a kid and still going strong?

Ilda

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I finished 29th in London in 2 hours 20 minutes 30 seconds which is my fastest with or without a device so clearly it didn’t slow me down ! I had no problems apart from some slight chaffing on my scar - more Vaseline next time.