Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

FATIGUE AFTER SURGERY

Hi All 

I just wondering if any of my fellow PM recipients have experienced fatigue after their surgery.  Im about 2 1/2 weeks post surgery and im trying to get back into my normal life.  I usually get about 7 to 8 hrs of sleep every night and typically start my day around 9 am. Ive been going to the office and dealing with my typicall business stuff, try to get out a little for a lunch or dinner and even get to the gym for a light leg workout and a little fast walking on...

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How to know if op was successful

I had a CRT D last Thursday and now I'm wondering how am I to know if my Heart is now syncronised? Limited to do much with lockdown and the weather. Is the 6 week check up when you find out ? Also I have no idea of make/model but google says you get a card when you are sent home ?

Steep learning curve going on here.

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Treatment of wound

Hi All

Just wondering if there are any recommendations about any topical ointments that can be put on the wound to help promote healing.  Im about 2 weeks post surgery and and still a little sore in and around the incision location. My dr said to just it heal on its own but im sure there has to be something out there to help promote healing.

Ty 

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I've officially joined the PM club!

Hi, I had a CHB (3rd degree block), and I've got my PM inserted yesterday. On the operating table, the surgeon said that he would suggest using a "his bundle" pacemaker but I could opt for the more traditional pacemaker that he said is usually for "old people".

He gave me the pros and cons: HB pacing is more accurate so it is better for my heart long term, but the cons is that the lead is more prone to failure and therefore could require a replacement sooner...

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Stopping apixaban for 5 days post pacemaker implant

Had a CRT D implanted today and it seemed to go well but when I got home I had a phone call , apparently a doctor , who told me to stop Apixaban for 5 days. When I said I've not heard of it before she said she didn't know either so I'm wondering if this is misinformation or not ?

 

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Tachy RHR after PSVT ablation-3weeks post procedure?

Hey all,

I had an RF ablation for PSVT about 3 weeks ago, was told it was a "success".  The first 4 hours my RHR was 60-80bpm which was great then at hour five it climbed to 110.  My RHR has remained above 100 often around 110 since the procedure.  I cannot take rhythm control meds due to a very low BP and orthostatic hypotension.  Also I am still having the higher PSVT with mild exertion (like standing over the stove for ten min which you can hardly call e...

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CRT D

Is CRT D classed as "emergency" treatment as I am booked to have one in 3 weeks but with all that's happening with covid I am hearing non emergency treatment is being cancelled in most hospitals.

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PM to ICD with lead extraction

Hi all,

I see there've bene numerous posts recently about swapping out PMs for ICDs. I am scheduled to have such a surgery in two weeks. (I am an otherwise healthy 52 yo female with PM for three years owing to bradycardia and complete heart block. I recently learned I have a rare genetic cardiac disease that also puts me at risk for sudden death. Hence the ICD.) I would love to hear from anyone on the forum who has opted to have a lead extracted (rather than left in place)...

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procedure confirmed

Hi everyone, 

Just to check in, I have had my operation confirmed for January 21st at Great Ormand Street Hospital. On the 12th of January they would like me to do an exercise test, apparently this is a normal thing before getting a new pacemaker, I never knew this? 
 

Im feeling quite positive about this as I'm sure getting the new pacemaker will help a lot, 

Hayden

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Epicardial lead revision

I had an  dual epicardial lead revision June of this year (which made it  my 3rd heart surgery this year) after 2 failed attempts to place a lead on left side. I have a left bundle branch block, cardiomyopathy and CHF. I still am having at times severe pain at incision sight/ribs if  I wear anything remotely snug around that area.  I was just wanting  to see if someone could share their experience with this surgery that has been postop longer than me. Thanks...

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CRT-P placement

It's me again. CRT-P implanted Nov.19th. I can't get over how much bigger and visible this thing is :(  It also seems a lot closer to my side/armpit. My bra strap irritates it and it feels like little pinches or shocks. It is also extremely uncomfortable when reaching for things and trying to sleep. (I'm a side sleeper)

Do they ever go back qnd reposition it? It feels ans looks as if it is directly under my skin. My dual-chamber didn't look or feel so close to the s...

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Pocket revision

Has anyone had a pocket revision to bury the device deeper under muscle? I have had pain for 4 month, since getting my device, and that's what they are considering doing. They say some poeople are more comfortable with it buried deeper ad he hopes that will resolve the daily pain I have. There is ot a single day that I am without pain, since my August implantaion.

Anyone?

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Pain

Hello everyone.  I am a newbie with a Medtronic 2 lead PM that was put in 3 days ago.  I have stage 2 heart block, Morbiz II.  I'm 67 year old female that is a little over weight.  With the onslot of the heart block I have had very little activity  because my pulse would drop so low and I would be exhausted. Since I have gotten the PM, I feel great with a normal, non erratic pulse. 

My question is with the pain I am experiencing in the incision site.&nb...

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New PM

Hi everyone. Just got a 2 lead PM put in on 12/10 for bradycardia. Went home after 12 hours in surgery center. Couldn't get comfortable all night with severe neck stiffness. Called my EP next morning. While waiting for response I developed shortness of breath and went to ER, then admitted to hospital. Long story short I'd developed pneumonia. Covid test negative. After 2 days in hospital im being discharged today. Here's my question for you: im having twinges right over the PM imp...

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Symptoms after pacemaker implant

I have had my pacemaker for 5;weeks now to treat my bradycardia.  I am still experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath and palpitations.  These symptoms do not happen everyday but now and then.  I do not know what brings them on.  I am doing light exercises to try and keep fit. Just thinking how long will it take to feel normal again? Any information will be greatly,appreciated.

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Another Question

Mannnnnnnnnn. 
I'm just full of questions. I am 19 days out from getting a CRT-P and it is SO big and feels SO close to the surface. I had to really feel my chest to find my previous pm was it was nearly completely flat.This feels like it sticks out about 1/4 inch. Also, it is so painful to the touch and sends out random shooting pain that sting like a bee. I know it hasn't been that long but the entire area above the pacemaker feels like the nerves are all just under my ski...

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Subdermal vs Subpectoral

Fairly new to this site and I've seen subdermal & sebpectoral mentioned. Is this something decided between patient and doc or not ? I'm on a waiting list but no idea if there will be a pre op chat as there wasn't for my ablation back in March.

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911

After thinking I had pulled a lead loose I spent several hours in the ER. When sitting up on the sofa last night, I felt a quick stabbing pain in the middle of my chest. I called my physician's nurse line and they advised me to go to the ER. My chest x rays showed the leads were in place. The ER doctor told me I had pericardial pain from the pacemaker and that it may continue. He have me a prescription for pain. Has this happened to anyone else?

Thank you for your comments. Thi...

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Confused

Hi I'm 5 days after pm fitted, and confused about the do's and don't

Microwaves mobile phones security at airport's having a drink 

Any advice 

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Post-op psin

Hello yet again. I had a CRT-P implanted almost 5 days ago and the incision is extremely painful. The doctor's office was able to call in a prescription for 12 tablets of hydrocodone w/acetaminophen but I've only taken a couple since Saturday. I've been using a combination of two extra strength Ibuprofen and one extra strength tylenol together every 6 hours that my PCP had recommended.He said that particular combination works really well as an alternative to opiods...

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