Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

WHY DO I HURT

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...

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SURGERY ON UTUBE

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

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Recovery Update

Hey,

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...

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pain

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...

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Pain

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?


Thank...

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Females

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?

Thanks,

Holly

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heart failure / ICD healing

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.

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Is the AngioSeal safe?

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?

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Tight chest

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.

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Faster the second time around

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...

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TODAY IS THE DAY!

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...

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pacemaker

hello i have swelling around my pacemaker

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Feeling better!!

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 ******

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6 weeks out - BLOOD CLOT!!!

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.

Thanks

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after the planting

hello everyone.
thanks for having me.
i am curious to know what others felt after the surgery.
im feeling i have a sort of a cold like tickle behind my breast bone that makes me cough and now its kind of sore from the coughing i think. i just got my pacemaker installed on the january 17th. a boston scientifc model.
is this just my body geting used to the wires?
im a paranoid of sorts.
any input is appreciated
thanks

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Scar Care

Hello everyone....I was wondering if anyone had use Mederma Scar Cream on their pm scar. I wanted to try and use it to lighten up my scar because it is really red and it stands out alot.

Thanks,
Britt<3

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lead extraction

Are lead extractions done under general anesthesia, or can they be done without being put to sleep?

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My auntie it recovery

Hello,
I'm happy to report that my auntie went through a quadruple bypass surgery yesterday and the latest report is telling that she's coming alone just fine. I'm excited and still a bit nervous about the whole thing. I'm sure she's going to be okay. I'm hoping she'll be able to come over and have a nice tilapia and penne pasta dinner, prepared of course by muwha. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Special thanks to Ela-girl, Smitty, Jessie and Carol for your testimonies. God...

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nervous about tomorrow

Hi all. I'm going tomorrow to get my first bi-ventricular pacemaker. I've had open heart surgery before, so I guess this should be a piece of cake (tell that to my nerves!). I really love this website and have gotten a lot of good information from your posts (thanks for asking the sex question - I was dreading asking my dr about that in front of my parents). :-)

I'm having the device put in under the muscle. For those of you who have done that - how noticeable is it going to be?...

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Doing better!

Just wanted to let you all know im doing better! I actually went to the ER the other day because of the pain ( i had a doc apt. on monday but couldnt wait) The ER doc told me that I had some kind of build up. He said that it looked as if I had a cold when they went in to put the pacemaker in and that was the build up! I have no clue!! lol Thats just what he said. But my pain on the right side and my neck are getting alot better!! I feel so much better its not funny! My heart rate is still a lil...

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You make store alarms beep.

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