Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery
I am now 2.5 weeks past PM insertion and I was told by my medical people that "some patients are back to work within a week". I have a desk job and tried to go back to work half days last week. I found the following: I have no stamina. Secondly, I have a very stiff and sore neck. Thirdly I have a weak and sore left arm. Is this normal?
I know some of you have had complications but I seem to have been one of the lucky individuals for whom the surgery and recovery went smoothly. I'm 3 months and 6 days post implant and this morning over coffee I noted that I was completely physically unaware of the PM, surgery site or anything out of the ordinary. The incision is completely healed with very minimal scaring - really just a line about two inches long. No discomfort from the PM pocket. No awareness of pacing. I have full mobi...
I am always asking questions! Getting on for five weeks after my dual chamber pacemaker was put it. The area is still a bit swollen but the bruising which was very bad has almost gone. I am concerned about the site - it is very raised and I can feel the hardness of the pacemaker protruding on one side much more than the other. This is visible as well.
The scar is raised and hard like a bone on top of the raised site of the pacemaker - it just doesn't feel right. Hav...
First i need to thank you all for existing; ever since my heart block (15 sec. in arrest) and emergency PM on Friday, 29th I've been recovering at home and your messages here have been a Gpdsend of informatin and support.
I've never had any heart problems so I am very new at this and puzzled by my new life as a bionic woman.
Physically I am pretty well (though still weak) but emotionally I am a wreck. When will I feel normal again?
It's been almost a week and I am still tired an...
i was told by my cardiologist that i will need a new heart because of my left ventrical collapsing, anyways i have had my pacemaker since i was just 6 month old and i am now 21 going to 22 what i need to know is that if you know anybody who has had a pacemaker for more than 2 decades and then have it removed from them, no longer needing it, i need to know if i will be the first person in history to have my pacemaker for more then 2 decades then not needed anymore.
I POSTED ABOUT A WEEK AGO AS A NEW MEMBER AFTER HAVING A PM PUT IN AFTER 3 UNSUCCESSFUL ABLATIONS AND JUST HAD GONE THROUGH THE SURGERY..I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE THAT HAS RESPONDED. YOU ALL HAVE BEEN GREAT AND VERY ENCOURAGING IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME..KIM
Dec. 13 2007 I had a Guidant ICD implanted. Within a week I had to have the a hematoma on the site evacuated. Since that time I have had pain (level 8-10) at the site each morning and pain (level 3-6) during each day. I actually do feel better after the installtion of the defib' except for the site pain.
The installation physician can give me no help and has dismissed me back to my Cardiologist. His only solution was to remove the difib'. Relocating he said wa...
Dont forget to go into Utube on the internet and type in Changing The Beat in the seach box to watch the 1 hour video on surgery and complications with pacemakers etc. Dont watch it if you cant stand the sight of blood. Cheers Peter
I'm an active 45 year old and just wanted to add a quick note to say that two weeks out from my lead replacement and new PM, things are still going well and I feel almost 100%. Every now and then I'll use my left arm a little too much and my site will start to ache, but I still have about 10 pain pills left from when I was released from the hospital so that's covered. :)
Even thought things have gone pretty smooth, something about checking in here from time to time...
I just discovered this site and am happy to see all that has been written as it helps me to understand myself and my concerns. It has been 4 weeks since surgery. It came from out of the blue. Totally unexpected! A doctors visit, a cardiogram, to the hospital, and next day surgery. I still have pain, a burning pain at the site. It's not intolerable, but causes me concern. Also, No energy. Early on I was taking walks but now don't feel like doing anything. Maybe I am depressed. They gave me a chem...
Well it has been 9 weeks since my surgery and my swelling has finally gone down. I am very happy with how things turned out with my surgery but there are a few things that are a little wrong. My scar is a little lumpy and itches like crazy at times. And there are times where I have shooting pains in my arm pit area. You cant see pacemaker except for when I lift my arm you can kinda notice a little difference in the area. Has anyone experienced anything like this?
Hello I have a question about wearing a bra. I am 3wks post-op and am now wearing a strapless bra. I have heard that some people can never wear a regular bra again because it rubs against the scar. Does anyone have any experience in this?
I am almost 3 weeks post op from a bi-ventricular pacemaker/defibrillator. I was checked at the pacemaker clinic last week and they said everything is fine. However, I feel somewhat out of breath and my heart is racing a bit (up to low 100s) when I'm just walking around normally. I'm in heart failure, but this feels worse than it did before the ICD. Is this just a part of the healing process or do I need to call the dr again? I appreciate your thoughts.
A friend of ours is having a heart cath and they want to then seal the wound with this AngioSeal and some people have told me there can be severe complications, anyone know about this?
Had my PM fitted 3 days ago. Pain subsided, and feeling fine apart from a tightness in my chest and a sort of dry cough. Has anyone else experienced this after having PM fitted. Hospital say it is not related to PM and to see my own doctor.
Everyone's mileage will vary, but I just had my PM and leads replaced last Friday (the old leads were extracted as well) and I am definitely recovering much faster than I did after my first implantation. Of course the wound is still sore and I have the limitations of arm movement, lifting, etc... to keep in mind, but I'm guessing that having gone through the process before has helped. I recall being slightly depressed after my first surgery. In retrospect, that may have had more to do with...
Going in today to have a dual pacemaker fitted! It will probably be fitted tomorrow as I am not going in to hospital until 4 pm today. I have been on this website for a couple of months now, and have found the site to be very helpful. I still feel anxious and will be glad when it is all over. Thought I would have a lot of questions to ask the doctors before the procedure, but can't think of anything at the moment. (any help would be appreciated)
Will post again when I have recover...
hello i have swelling around my pacemaker
Im feeling GREAT!!!! lol Well as to before its great. I know I still have a long ways to go but I think getting a pm was the best thing I could have done! hehe I know you all told me so!! Im just so hard headed!! Well Thanks and I'll keep in touch!
All that said im still REALLY sore! Any advice on how to help that or how long it may last?!? Thanks Rachel ******
Im six weeks out from my first PM. Im 28. Now I have a very large blood clot in my right arm. Runs from rist to underarm. Its superficial but close to a deep vein. Been on Coumadin for 10 days. My INR is 2.2. Im scared out of my mind about developing a PE in my lungs. Can anyone offer any insite or comfort.