Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

Pacemaker Club - post Pacemaker/ICD Implant Pain Survey

Dear Members,

Over recent months, several members of the Pacemaker Club have expressed a wish to know how many of us experienced pain following implant of our devices, the nature and extent of that pain and how it affected different age groups and gender.   

A survey has now been set up with the kind help of Club members and the link to the survey is given below.  The survey is confidential and will not be used for marketing.  All members irrespective of w...

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First night sleeping questions

Just came back from ICD implant. Had my surgery at 6AM in NYC. Out by 2:30PM. Was relatively quick and was out the whole time. I have some soreness and was wondering if I can sleep on my right side. 

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recovery concerns

I had my icd implanted on sept 28th.  I was also put on a beta blocker and a blood thinner.  Blood thinner began on oct 2nd to let wound somewhat heal first.

over the past couple of days I've been feeling achey and skin sensitivity.  Like I have the flu, but I don't  have a fever.  

Maybe I'm just stressed and that's what's causing this.  But can anyone else describe how long it took them tonrecocer from surgery?

&n...

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Pacemaker Club - post Pacemaker/ICD Implant Pain Survey

Dear Members,

Over recent months, several members of the Pacemaker Club have expressed a wish to know how many of us experienced pain following implant of our devices, the nature and extent of that pain and how it affected different age groups and gender.   

A survey has now been set up with the kind help of Club members and the link to the survey is given below.  The survey is confidential and will not be used for marketing.  All members irrespective of w...

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Post Surgery for t-shirt wearing gal

So I live in t-shirts. They are cheap and comfortable. I don't really own any other kind of shirt that I would consider comfortable for recuperation. They are planning to implant a CRT-D on Oct 22. Do I spend the next month learning how to put on a t-shirt one  handed without lifting my left arm?  This will be my first experience with a cardiac device. 
Thanks in advance for any insights. 
Stevi

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Do I really need a pace maker?

I was born with a large heart which my pediatrician said I grew into.  My Heart rate was 42 as a kid  and is now 30.   I have no symptoms.  I am not tired, I play golf 5 times a week and I feel fine.  I passed out once 25 years ago but after a doctor visit they had no answers.  I now believe that was when my heart was slowing from 42 to 30  because there were times I felt dizzy.  I was in the Army I could run 35 miles a week.  Anyway I just tu...

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Pacemaker

How your pacemaker has affected their lives in positive or negative ways? 

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New PM muscle twitch/spasm with each heartbeat

Hi. I just received my first PM, a Medtronic Percepta Quad biventricular 3 lead CRT-P device. It was implanted this past Wednesday, Sept 22nd. Since I woke from the surgery, I have noticed that every heartbeat causes my abdomen and chest to twitch or jump. I had mentioned this to the nurses while I was in the hospital, and none of them seemed concerned. Today, after poking around online, I don't think it's normal. So I contacted my EP this moring to ask if this was normal thing or not...

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Recovery & Granddaughter

My first PM is schedule for Nov. 1 for bradycardia.  My husband and I (65 years old) watch our 4 year old granddaughter after school (2:30 to 4:30 PM) two-three days a week.  My question is would I feel well enough to have her here about 2 days after the surgery?   My husband would drive to go get her.     My husband will be here for any lifting and other things I may not be up to doing.   I figured as long as he is here it shou...

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Pacemaker Club - post Pacemaker/ICD Implant Pain Survey

Dear Members,

Over recent months, several members of the Pacemaker Club have expressed a wish to know how many of us experienced pain following implant of our devices, the nature and extent of that pain and how it affected different age groups and gender.   

A survey has now been set up with the kind help of Club members and the link to the survey is given below.  The survey is confidential and will not be used for marketing.  All members irrespective of w...

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First pacemaker coming up!

Hello, I am 23 years old and I have my pacemaker implant soon on Oct 6th. I was born with situs invertus and lived a very normal life, never had problems I just knew that my heart was on the right side and the organs as well. I live in Canada now and 5 years ago found out I have bradycardia (I was born with bradycardia apparently but never felt it or knew) so now Im told that Im going to have a pacemaker implant. I want to do it under the pectoral muscle because I dont want to see it tbh and...

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Nervous…

So I have a gen change this coming week and to say I've been anxious and nervous would be an understatement. I went from them telling me I had 6 months left on my battery in July to them saying I had 3 months left in Sept to calling last week after I was woken up out of a dead sleep from the most awful feeling double bass drum in my chest saying my surgery is next week. 
 

At this point I know they're not telling me everything, which they never do... but I can'...

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Day 8 post gen replacement and more fatigued now than I was in the beginning

Hi all, I posted here before but I'll repeat relevant information. I'm 59 and had my first pacemaker implanted when I was 41. Last Wednesday, September 8th, I had my second generator replacement. This time, they put in a different PM. I've suffered from fatigue ever since I had the first one implanted. The thinking back then was that this was due to dusautonomia which I was diagnosed with later. However that is pretty much resolved and I remained fatigued, extremely! And I spoke w...

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Just removed my bandage after my third pacemaker

Hi everyone! This is the first time I've posted. But I'ved appreciated the information I've gotten from all of you over the years, thank you! I was initially given a pacemaker at the age of 41, in 2005, due to bradycardia secondary to sick sinus syndrome. Later, I was diagnosed with dysautonomia, And there seems to be various opinions about whether the dysautonomia may have caused the sick sinus syndrome or vice versa or two separate things. I just had my second generator replacem...

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5 Days Later

Hello all,

I passed out at work last week and then woke up feeling fine. Went to ER and they couldn't find anything. Scheduled myself an echo on my heart (I had a mechanical valve put in Jan 2020) just to be safe and while driving to my appt my vision got foggy, heart rate elevated and arms turned into jelly. Lucky for me I was able to pull over and call 911. The team of cardiologists identified a Left Bundled Branch Blockage from my previous surgery that said can sometimes cause pe...

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Pacemaker Club - post Pacemaker/ICD Implant Pain Survey

Dear Members,

Over recent months, several members of the Pacemaker Club have expressed a wish to know how many of us experienced pain following implant of our devices, the nature and extent of that pain and how it affected different age groups and gender.   

A survey has now been set up with the kind help of Club members and the link to the survey is given below.  The survey is confidential and will not be used for marketing.  All members irrespective of w...

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surgery report

Had surgery early July ICD/CRT-D and all seems well. I have one question if anyone could answer. From my surgery report seems the first two leads implanted properly but this was the explanation for the third lead. The conclusion described as successful but wondered a little what this means.

The third pacing lead advanced into the CS through the atteans sheath into aposterolateral position having a good pacing threshold very limited anatomy midposterior branch to narrow pass a wire...

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Magnet placed on pacemaker due Direct Laryngoscopy procedure

I had a direct laryngoscopy (removal of a cyst on my throat).  The anesthesiologist placed a magnet on top of my pacemaker to allow the surgeon to work with her instruments.  The reason was the throat was too close to the the pacemaker.  After the surgery, I noticed my heart was very weak, and my pacemaker was pacing at a fast rate.  I then consulted with my pacemaker nurse who did a repacing to slow down the rate.  I noticed though after se did that, the nu...

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Recently wired

Am 41 in couple days and was wired 31aug 2021. Sick sinus with severe bracchy. After procedure few days ago ive been experiencing a kind of strange and sometimes painful sensation sort of in the centre of my chest where it meets bottom of my neck. Is this something any of my wired compadres has experienced? Is it normal? Thanks for the site by the way

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In the club

Hi all:

I just had my device implanted a few days ago. Everything was fine and I am recovering well. This afternoon I noticed a lot of palpitations and I was wondering if this is common after getting a device. Any feedback is appreciated.I don't know if pain medicine is causing it, not sleeping enough or the device. It seems to be tapering off a little bit. Might even be dehydration. Thank you for letting me ramble.

Kris

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You know you're wired when...

Your device acts like a police scanner.

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I am just grateful to God that I lived long enough to have my ICD put in. So many people are not as lucky as us; even though we sometimes don't feel lucky.