Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

not sure yet

I am booked to have pacemaker on Friday. I am still not sure if I am doing the right thing here.I have been fainting a very long time yrs and they always said it was low blood sugar. In January after fainting 11 times in 2 days and weating a holter monitor, it recorded slow heart rate as low as 18 beats per minute on two different days. I was in shock of course hearing I needed a pacemaker. I decided to wait. I did not faint until may, then 4 times, June 4 times and now July it is up to 8 times....

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Raised Area

I had my pacemaker put in on 7/14/08. I had the stapes removed on 7/22/08. There is a raised area about the size of a half of a baseball around the incision. I do not have a fever and I feel fine. Is this something I should be concerned about or will it go away in time. I weight about 200 lbs. Thank for your time.

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Incision Healing Time

Hi everyone,

I've just had a pacemaker implanted on July 17.
My incision is still very tender and hurts. Everytime my clothing touches it, it stings.
Is this normal?
How long before it doesn't sting anymore?

Ken

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Tightness in shoulder

Hi,

this is my first post here, having had my PM implanted at the beginning of May 08 for carotid synus hypersensitivity. This was diagnosed after a rather unpleasant tilt test, where my heart paused for a sveeral seconds a couple of times after the neck massage bit. Generally things have been fine, the pain has on the whole long gone, and the kids are enjoying having a bionic dad.

However, some days I get a tight feeling across my shoulder when I move. It is not painfull,...

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4 weeks!

I just realized today that it's been 4 weeks since my ICD was put in. It healed nicely and most of the tenderness is gone. I feel fine, and am even getting used to the Coreg. Just wanted some of the new folks to know that recovery can go well with only a little discomfort.

One more week and I can play golf. I have been out pitching and putting.

Bill

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Scar

I had a pacemaker installed in January 2008. Can anyone tell me how to make the scar less noticeable?

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Many thanks!

ask again
Comment posted by TraceyE on 2008-07-17 07:56.
It can take more than three tries to get the programming right, ..

Rate response?
Comment posted by bambi on 2008-07-17 12:11. ...

Dear TraceyE and bambi, thanks for your advices! this helps me a lot. and many thanks to members of this pm club. This is phantastically friendly and helpful community. Good luck to all members and visitors. Mikhail

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new member

Hi,new member here.I just had st. jude pm installed 5 days ago I am glad I finally found this site,I kept getting textbook info and I wanted to hear from people exprricing pm placements I just read that some man is getting his 4th pm,scary! I am 74 have a leaky mitral valve with left branch block etc. nice to meet you ,I will enjoy hearing from you and sharing the ups and downs.Hey now that i"m all wired up,when do I get my super powers? lol

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after pm implant..strong pulse rise and poor shape

Hello, I am 46 years old and have got one month ago my responsive ELA pacemaker with two leads, after having a complete block (to say, I have an history of successful aortic valve replacement, four years ago; and the appearance of a partial block was also identified with ergometric exercises about two years ago). The implantation procedure was Ok as well as the pacemaker test itself. However, I have a distinct problem with my physical shape. I am much weaker as compared with the pre-block and su...

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Tachy Brady - can your body heal itself?

March '08 diagnosed with Tachy Brady ... low pulse while running was the start, over the next three weeks ''normal'' pulse declined 30 bpm to surgery.

After 1st month pacing 100% of the time. With first adjustment that went to 50%. A second adjustment to help me get back to running and the pacer remained at 50%.

Now one month later, I'm told i'm pacing at 5% for both upper and lower chambers.

I did not get any explanation from the cardiologist, only the question...

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A Lucky 4th

Hey to all;

I am a newbie! so new that this time last week I was just beginning to have mild chest pains...that got progressively worse until 5:00am last Tuesday morning when I finally got smart and went to my doc as a walk-in. That didn't go real well...he gave me two nitros and called an ambulance and put me in the hospital. The next day I was transferred to another hosp where they did a heart cath (I had had an angioplasty w/2 stents in 2002) All of that was fine...good stents;...

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1 week UPDATE!

Well my fellow Pacers, I'm officially 1week and 2 days post implant. I had the Chest Pains, and the Skin Break Down, PVC's and Runs of PAC's, and I can actually say things are setteling down, for the next two weeks that is.lol.. The chest pain was inflammation, and Motrin and more rest helped that alot. Then I started having the Pvc's and PAC's that my lovely pacemaker recorded. I have an appt on monday to go over all that. Well I'm paing at 10% right now lol... I don't have the ablation till...

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One week and all's well

It was a week ago today that I had a dual chamber ICD implanted. I would like to tell those who are approaching this procedure, that it was not as worrisome as I had envisioned.

I have had very little pain or stiffness. I was able to get around after a day or two with no problem. I even stained my girlfriends deck this past week, with my right arm. I had a sore tooth the other day and was starting to stress about the complications with the heart and dentist, but it has passed after a...

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How paranoid should I be?

I just had an ICD put in on Thursday afternoon. So far, I have had no problems with recovery. The pain was minimal, and I even went out to eat with friends Friday night. I have even been able to sleep on my right side with a pillow under my arm.

My girlfriend is very concerned about me lifting my left arm. I am trying to be careful with this, but as you know you can sometimes forget. I know all the restrictions that are issued after implantation. Has anyone had one of the leads come o...

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Pain in the center of chest.

Well hello my fellow pacers.
Surgery went as expected, the first 24hrs was horrible. Pain was so bad. I came home and had to go back to ER due to Allergic reaction to the Dressing, caused me to have blisters on the outline of the dressing. Now I'm back home and now when i take a deep breath or laugh, i have a pain in the middle of my chest like I was intubated or something. It hurts kinda bad, They did a Xray before I left, could it be possible to have my EP doc told me today that if any th...

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Surgery In the Morning

Hello my fellow Pacers,
Well tomorrow, I get my pacemaker, @ 11 in the morning. The funny thing is I am going to work tonight for 12hrs, I'm a tech at the same hsopital i'm having surgery at.lol.. I will be NPO at work tonight.lol... I will update you guys tomorrow right before surgery and hope i fell like writing afterwards. I thank you all for helping me and getting me more comfortable with me receiving my pacemaker.. Thanks you and I'll talk soon.
Charleene

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Stitches

Saw the GP today about the suspected stitch. It turns out that it is a stitch, and he thinks it is probably attached to more beneath the skin.

He went out of the room and came back with 2 pairs of scissors and a bunch of gauze (the stitch is well covered by skin and he was going to pry it out). He casually said, "it will probably come out on its own if you leave it". So I must admit I chickened out, and told him I'd rather wait for them to come out by themselves. I thought I'd had en...

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Anyone have short sharp pains in heart?

I just received my 1st PM 3 days ago. Since then, I periodically have quick sharp pains in my heart (4 one a scale of 1-10). Usually it is when I get up and increase my activity, but not always. The doctors and nurses each said that it is not a common complaint, but they can understand that my heart is adjusting to the leads and to call if it gets worse. Did any of you experience anything this? It would just give me peace of mind to know it is to be expected, but it seems not to be the cas...

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1 stitch left!

Hi everyone,

It's been almost 6 weeks since my ICD implantation and I am doing great. I don't mind the ICD at all and am getting used to the look and feel of it there. I am gradually getting my strength back and becoming more active.

I just realized today, though, that there is one of my supposedly dissolvable stitches still in the incision. All this time I had thought it was a very stubborn scab, but I looked at it with a mirror today and then had my Mom look at it, and w...

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Hospital cost absurdity

I had my implant surgery on December 5, 2007. I finally received my hospital bill on June 13, 2008. Seven months seems like quite a delay. No details, just a one page bill for just under $2k (representing the balance of my annual deductible and a copay). They will be sending details in response to my request. From correspondence with my insurance company - the billed list price from the hospital was about $114k. Insurance only paid $27k. $84k was the negotiated price reduction achieved by...

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I wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for pacemakers. I've had mine for 35+ years. I was fainting all of the time and had flat-lined also. I feel very blessed to live in this time of technology.