Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

New to the PM club

Hi all,
I had my PM surgery for a dual chamber St. Jude's this past Weds., it went smoothly afaik. One moment I was chatting with the nurses as the doc was putting on the anesthetic, the next they told me they were all done and I was getting wheeled out of the cath lab and back to recovery. Since then aside from a few odd throbs the day of surgery all I've had painwise are the expected achiness by my collar at the implant site and what feels almost like there's something in m...

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What to expect in recovery?

I am an active 68 year old woman who received an emergency PM implant 5 days ago for a complete heart block that developed very quickly.  My heart rate was 36 in the emergency room and I had significant shortness of breath with minor exertion for 3 days prior to hospitalization. A minth ago, I had a calcium ct scan which was fine and an echocardiogram to monitor my mitral valve, which has been stable for years. I was feeling very pleased with my cardiac health.&n...

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Surgery

I receive my unit on the 28th of this month. I am having a lot of anxiety. I have a low heart rate that borders on bradycardia and I'm having frequent PVCs that are symptomatic. When they try any meds to control the PVCs it drops my heart rate down and I get lightheaded. They are hoping the the pacemaker combined with beta blockers will get me lined out. Thankfully I have no "plumbing" issues. All of mine are "electrical" but still very scary for me. 

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Post Op Recovery

I had a PM inserted on 6/4/21. I am curious on how long it took for PM incision to compoletely heal over?. Also with most restrictions on the 4-6 week timeframe, How many of you were cleared to resume activities?, and what activities, if any were still restricted after the initial 4-6 week time period, assuming your healing recovery had no complications. Thanks, just wanted to get a general idea from those who have gone through this.

I am a very activer person, and wanted a feeling of w...

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Not able to breathe while lying down on bed in any position

Hi there, My dad had pacemaker implantation one month before and after that he started shortness of breath when we was lying on bed in any position. We had xray , blood test and ecg and all looks normal. Doctor says its after effect of pcemaker and asking us not to think too much and try to ignore and it will go awa with time. I just wanted to take your opinion as well on this one, any suggestion will be really helpful. Thanks

 

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After Surgery

I had a lead extraction done on June 3rd and a new Defib/pacer MRI compatible put in. Tonight June 9th my incision is leaking a light pink fluid. Is that normal or should I get it check out.

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Pacemaker

Hello. I had a Pacemaker fitted on March 30 and an ablation to deal with the node on May 6. This followed three years of procedures and medications following a stroke caused by an atrial flutter. That flutter and my atrial fibrillation were succcessfully dealt with by two ablatiions but a second flutter appeared and became persistent.  I think my cardiologist was confident all,would be well immediately but I have had palpitations and the accompanying loss of energy and nausea a few times...

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Post placement one month out

Hello all,

I have had a Medtronic biventricular/icd placed one month ago. Have healed great 1st appt was very positive and integration of device they said was perfect and doing what it should! Have had no pain at site per say incision healed nicely however over the past week I've been feeling like stings or zingers not that the device is going off but as quick as they come they are gone but I've noticed them more. It happens to the left side of device towards armpit. Is this nor...

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Post surgery pacemaker

Hi my dad yesterday done pacemaker surgery Medtronic Shpera DR Dual Chamber setting at 56bpm his heart beart now 90bpm is it normal?

And they open the bandage in the side of operation. No cover of bandage just the sticth. In Malaysia it wos lockdown bz covid ubable to see doctor. 

Thank u

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So I went to the Hospital today for my post op visit

Hello Clubbers

I am so very grateful to be able to write this post today.

I had my CRT-D inserted on Feb 26, after being diagnosed last november with serious heart failure (cardiomyopathy - enlarged heart, left block, acute lung edema, EF at 15%, not very good...
In January, my EF went up to 27, so the medication didnt do the job, so I got a CRT-D.  The operation went well, no pb healing
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The one thing I had a hard time handling, was the...

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Pacemaker Medtronic Sphera DR Dual Chamber

Hi im frm Malaysia. Glad to be in this group. My father today undergo Pacemaker surgery 68 years old his pulse wos 35bpm before now set to 55bpm. Any painkiller other than panadol?

What should be follow post surgery at home. What food to follow and to avoid. Can use oximeter at home once he discharged? Can use bp hand cheker to check bp? Thank you

 

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Pressure Dressing

Well I thought I knew about pacemaker surgery having 2 put in. Wrong ! I woke up in recovery with an ace bandage around shoulder and chest. Taped down to upper breast. Unfortunately, nurse said because of bleeding. I am very very thin with loss of muscle due to neuropathy. Has anyone had a pressure dressing ? On for 3 days. Doctor did mention he change location due to muscle loss. 

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walking in a pool

I will just be past my 3 week mark of getting my pacemaker.  I know I can get in a shower, however, has anyone got into a pool and just walked around?  We are going south to relax and I would love to at least get in the pool and walk around to cool off!

Thanks!

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Any immediate advice helpful...stomach muscle spasms when in lean forward?

Since the surgery and placement of new leads, anytime I lean forward or "bend at the waist" I start get involuntary muscle spasms in my stomach areas. They appear to be in sync with what my pacing would be?  Is it possible one of my leads is somehow pacing into my muscles when i bend forward?

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HEART RATE VARIATION AFTER PACEMAKER IMPLANT

Hi Everyone

I am a brand new member of the Pacemaker Club. I had the intial implant done on 6th May and because the atria lead became detached I had it redone the followig day. All is now well but I have a question about something I do not understand.

At night when the beating of the heart is quite clear my heart rate increases to in excess of 100 bpm in what seems to be a controlled fashion and then settles down after several minutes to my normal resting rate of around 60. It is...

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Nervous

66. Nervous! Implant this morning and then a elec cardiovert. Been in perm afib and many other issues. Now going into HF. Two ablations RF and Alcohol. So now this is the Hail Mary last hope. I know i need this but im nervous and feel it is so unnatural. Do you really feel better? I just want to live a normal active life, no more ER's or Hospitals. Any tips or thoughts

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Discomfort after 6 months

Hi

I am 6 month post surgery and still have pain when I liedown,I find it difficult to actually turn over in bed and I am not sleeping very well.

This isn't my first pm and I have not experienced this after past surgery's just thought I would ask if anyone else has experienced this.

I have sent a email to my cardiologist today and hope to get it sorted.

 

Maureen 

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Water on incision

Not sure if I should post this on surgery and recovery or exercise and sports but here goes!

I'm about 3 weeks post implant and feeling great. However I haven't taken a shower without covering my incision site yet. I had internal stitches and that surgical glue to close it so it looks nice and there's only a tiny scab left, but I've just been afraid it's going to sting when the water finally hits it. My doctor advised me that before getting it wet I should use alcoho...

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Lead Punctured My Left Ventricle

Hi, this is my brand new entrance into the Pacemaker Club! I just turned 60 on March 5. I received a Medtronic pacemaker on March 24. Less than 48 hours later I  began to have sharp stabbing chest pains.  The pains were not related to the suture site or the skin around the pacemaker.  I called my cardiologist's office and they said it was related to post-surgery discomfort. For the next week they would come and go. My cardiologist scheduled an appointment & he said all...

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New To Me Boston Sci. Pacemaker

Hello,

Just now getting on with my recovery after recent implant. I was told initally the only time I will hear from the PM is when my pulse drops bellow set threashold. I have SSS with Syncope last past two years due to LBB. Finally the Dr. was able to see what was going on with a Bio-Tel Remote monitoring. Anyway that is the background. When I started to have symptoms Post Surgery of heart palpitations, hard to breath etc. The Dr. was not sure, maybe tacycardia but I said I was going...

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