Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

Post Surgery

Good Afternoon 

I just returned home from hospital after having my Biotronik dual valve pacemaker installed. Surgery went well I think it took about two hours and they ended up putting me completely out. Anesthesiologist said doctor was very precise .He placed closer to arm under collar bone so I can still wear low cut blouses I guess...

I spent the night and was released this morning . Pacemaker tech checked me this morning and said it was working fine. It used 49 percent la...

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Countdown

Hi All,

Just a quick question! I am having a dual chamber pm fitted on Friday and I am an avid runner and golfer. Could anyone let me know how long to expect to be out of action from running and golf please?

Thank-you!

S

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Surgery

Good Morning 

Tomorrow is my surgery.

I have been waiting for two weeks for surgery . I am getting a two lead Biotronik PM. I am so ready to feel better.

any suggestions to make my post surgery more successful? You all have helped me deal with this with all your information and experiences....

Blessings All

Kimberley

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skin peeling?

I am a little over three weeks from the redo surgery of my second battery.  About an inch below the incision, my skin is flaking off almost like a snake skin.  It is not red or irritated.  It is about two inches wide and four inches long.   It's almost like super dry skin and it feels like a sunburn to the touch.  Anyone else have this happen?  They said no lotions, but it isn't at the incision site.  Any suggestions would be helpful.

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Scar sensitivity

I had my first pacemaker placed at the end of February. I had issues with the scar completely healing due to a stitch knot preventing a small area from closing. It has been completely healed for a few weeks now but the scar is very sensitive. If I accidentally hit it it is pretty painful. Is this something that will decrease over time or should I expect to always have sensitivity in that area? I will also randomly get a weird  burning sensation in the area of my pacemaker for a second or...

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Skin Rash During Recovery?

Has anyone else been beset with an upper torso skin rash immediately after a PM implant?

I've actually had two implant ops, a week apart due to the first right atrial lead dislodging and pacing my diaphragm. Heart wise, Take 2 seems to be doing splendidly. But after this one I've had a spreading rash accross my upper torso including areas that no tape had touched.

Same prodedure, same materials, same drugs and only one week apart, yet I'm giving myself a Cortizone-10 c...

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New pacemaker

Hi ,i have just had a pace maker fitted and was told to limit left arm movement for three weeks but i see that some on the forum have been told six weeks. Does anyone know why the difference. By the way it’s easy to forget and raise the arm above the head eg dressing etc, so i use a trouser belt around the torso and upper arm which allows me to use my forearm but not my upper arm. Looking forward to your input.

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Pacemaker

Hi I have had a pacemaker inserted on weds for complete heart block. I am just wondering about how careful everyone was able to be post op. I am not to lift my arm for 2 months, to lift anything heavy or lie on that side (to ensure the leads have chance to bed in) however I am only 46 with two young children. I am managing in the day to be sensible but I am worried as I woke up in the night led on my L side and with my arm over my head!! I can't afford (physically and emotionally) to have...

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Brace for shoulder restrictions?

Hi, 32 years old, athletic, male with bradycardia and syncope. Got my pacemaker put in on Monday and getting used to the addition of my little buddy. Did anyone who has gone through the recovery process get a shoulder sling that restricted your movement above your head? If so which one? I have a sling to sleep in, but with a 2.5 year old and big dogs bumping around me it would be good to have additional support throughout the day ensuring I don't accidentally put my arm in a compromising...

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Post surgery pain

I am a 41 year old female. I had a pacemaker put in 2 months ago. I am 5 foot 2 at 185 pounds so I am not too skinny and I too have a pinching or pulling feeling a few times a day at the pacemaker site. It also still feels sore or tender, kind of like it feels when someone touches your sunburn. I came across this site when looking to find out if this was normal this far out from surgery. I realize its still healing. 

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recovery concerns

Great site, I have been reading and learning but this is my first post. I am a 72 year old male that led a fairly active retired life up until this episode. I had a dual valve Biotronik PM installed on 4/28/19 without complications and have been home following recovery orders since 4/29. My first Doctor visit is 5/6 with my primary care physician and 5/10 with cardiology to check the PM. So my question is, I wake up most mornings feeling weak, lathargic, not much energy at all, this feel...

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Epicardial Lead placement surgery

I am 3 weeks post op from a mini-thoracotomy to place epicardial left ventricular leads for CRT.  I had previously had a endocardial LV lead placed 8 years ago.  It was not working optimally and was draining generators within 3-4 years.  I am on my 4th device since 1st placement in 2008.  I have a complete heart block, Class II-III heart failure.  I am still in a good amount of pain and limited physical function.  Just wondering if anyone out there...

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I'm getting a biventricular pacemaker / ICD. What do you wish you had known before your procedure?

I am a 46 YO woman who started reading your forums when I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy.  I was hoping that I would respond to medication, but I haven't responded enough.  I'm getting a biventricular pacemaker / ICD in less than two weeks.  Your posts have helped me adjust to the idea, but I'm still not 100% there yet.  (I know intellectually I need this, but it's hard when I don't feel sick or impaired.)

What do you wi...

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sutures removed said not to wash for 3 days--how keep it clean?

nurse removed sutures  and told me not to wash for 3 days--concerned how keep incision clean--it has been 2 months since surgery  and she said not ot use polyspori either

Thank you for any info

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Pacemaker Lump

I had my pacemaker installed on February 23, 2019. Two months later, I am still seeing a bulge from the device in my chest. It was implanted on the right side due to a vein on my left side not able to be used from past procedures when I was younger. I’m not a very big person, I only weigh about 121 pounds and I’m 22 years old. Any hope that the bulge will go away at all?

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Recedo Scar Topical Gel Review, new medication

Hi all, can't believe I'm post-op week 11 here. I'm a strong believer in being proud of our scars, they tell a story and show how we persevered. Although with this in mind, as a young female I did seek out options as ways to lighten/decrease the elevation of my scar. 

I was introduced to a new perscritpion scar treatment called Recedo Topical Gel. I have been using it since week 2 when my incisons started to heal over. I never heard of this product until my de...

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I Am Newly Charged!

Hello everyone, I am happy to announce that I am the "most proud" new owner of a brand new 2019 St. Jude model Pacemaker!  It appears that the 9 year old model had come to the end of it's days.  The exsisting leads are of the 2005 model year and are still working well.  The leads appear to have a longer running life than the 2 previous pacemaker models.  So... in 7 years or so we will be upgrading the leads as well. &n...

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Accolade L311

I was fitted with pacemaker on Wednesday 17th April 2019. Immediately my head cleared and I had not thought it’s was a condition of my heart function.

I expect that it will continue and I will be blessed with a few more years of happiness, and to march onwards and upwards with my passion of golf croquet.

 

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Still experiencing Palpitations

I had a dual chamber Pacemaker on the 26th of March 2019 for Bradycardia and heart pauses on reveal monitor. Am glad I found this forum it was difficult for me to accept everything. Thank you all for posting and for answering it has helped a lot. I used to struggle with Palpitations, dizziness and light headed etc and at that same time my heart rate will be so low. Post Pacemaker all the dizziness is gone but still have Palpitations, is this normal? I also still get out of breath wh...

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Tingling Senstation

Hello,

I just recently found this club and I’m so glad I did. I just recently got a lead extraction done, and had a complication in which my lead moved into the wall of my heart. I had to get a second surgery to fix the lead placement. My recovery as been going very well, I’m on blood thinners due to a blood clot forming in my leg though. About 3 and a half weeks into my recovery of the second surgery, I started to feel a tingling sensation around my defibrillator implant an...

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