Pacemaker battery replacement surgery

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i had 3 open heart surgery and on my 2nd. pacemaker.. my first pacemaker last me for 18yrs. and just got my 2nd. pacemaker Dec.2006.. my pacemaker was implanted in my upper chest on the right side.. only thing i hate the surgery doctor told me he would use the same cut as the other pacemaker but when i woke up he cut me in another spot.. well i can say.. ask your doctor his he using the same cut as the first pacemaker was in..
I know the leads are still fine from my doctors okay but I do want to know what to expect and how invasive the battery replacement surgery will be? Could you tell me what best to expect, what most important questions to ask my doctor? I know he will prepare me but I want to know so I can prepare my mom! Thanks, S.
is there a hospital stay to replace battery in a pacemaker, or same day procedure
My father aged 100 has decided not to replace his pacemaker battery and in September was told he had 3 months life left in it. To date is is almost 4 months - can anyone give me the symptoms he will experience when the battery starts to wind down - will death be immediate or slow? He has no underlying heart rythym - can the doctors be wrong when they give this diagnosis? Currently there are no obvious signs of failure.
Okay, I've already posted a note about my pacemaker replacement but I wasn't educated enough to know that they don't just replace the battery but the whole pacemaker. My pacemaker is up under my ribcage. I'm having surgery to replace it in march, but I was wondering what the possible changes to the surgery is because I take coumadin/warfarin? what (if anything) would change with having a blood thinning medication?
I apologize that I have no personal experience to share with you. I do know that replacement of the battery is a minor surgical procedure. I am familiar with pacemaker implantation. They are often or use to be placed just under the skin. I have never heard of them breaking through. But I understand your concern. Usually approval for Medicaid is not a lengthy progress once all the paperwork has been completed. Have you called to check on the time frame? If not I would.
how dangerous is the replacement surgery? what is the recovery like? restrictions? should I plan to be off work longer than the day of the replacement to stay home with him?
Mom is 90 yrs old and has severe dementia. She is need of a new pacemaker battery. Cardiologist said they don't change batteries - the whole pacemaker is changed. She is using her pacemaker 95% of the day. Is is a good idea to change this? Can you still die with a pacemaker? I know if she could make the decision herself she would tell me to not change it and leave well enough alone. I don't know what to do.
Seems it was done before you moved (out) to the desert. Can you arrange to travel somewhere for a routine battery replacement? From what I have read here I take it replacement isn't often. What kind of hospital ir Ridgecrest, religious, community... I'm not an expert on types of hospitals and bring the subject up only to see if that provides ideas on how to escalate your complaint about service. If the hospital doesn't have the capability to provide specialized services then it can't.
In my case the surgery was successful, and was a repair, not a replacement, so my hope was high that I'd beat AFib with the next electrocardioversion. But, it seems my left atrial chamber had enlarged too much, I can no longer hold an electrocardioversion, longer than you, the last one lasted a week, but not long enough for it to be a solution. Metoprolol controls my maximum HR well, if I take 100 to 150 mg a day my rest HR stays under 90.
I should also mention she had to have a pacemaker placed 3 years ago and the battery is running low already. She is currently taking Procrit every other week because of hemolysis of the RBC's from the valve. I don't have a list of the other meds available right now, but I could get it. Please advise. Which type of Doctor do we need - Cardiology or Cardiothoracic Surgeons?
They put in the pacemaker and now he just recently had a new battery put in--his leads were still good (10 years later). He was told he only needed the pacemaker due to having 3 issues, (one was a hole in his heart). Anyway--whats odd though is everything I read says 2nd degree usually and 3rd degree always requires a pacemaker. His 20 bpm seemed to come out of nowhere one day. I guess inspite of the way I hate drugs and invasive stuff--if I were 3rd degree-I would get the pacer.
mmm, yeah that might too high and we want to save battery. I am going to setup your pacemaker at 46 which is your average when you sleep. Pacemaker technician : "I can't setup your pacemaker to fire lower than 46. You choose...45 or 50? Me: ???? ok....45 6 weeks later... Pacemaker Technician : "It looks like that the second lead is not in use at all. The 2 parts of your heart synchronise well together .
My husband has been totally reliant on a pacemaker since unsuccessful surgery for WPW 27 years ago. Recent nuclear testing shows CI although his pacemaker is rate-responsive. He's at the end of life of his 3rd battery. One failed lead was replaced 13 yrs ago and so 3 are in place. He now needs a 4th lead but has ongoing circulation issues from the space occupied by leads. Would a dual-sensor pacemaker be likely to help the CI? Would all models require 2 new leads instead of one?
To all who wished me good thoughts over my pacemaker "generator" replacement. It does sound more impressive than "battery" !! I'm told I have the very latest in technology and can now be "found" by the new system that "reads" your pacemaker without you having to "phone home" and do the telephone game; alas I had to burst the pacemaker rep's bubble and remind her that I am only near a "landline" in the winter.....
The device is small and the size of awatch. It is placed under the skin via surgery. The system has a battery which lasts 5 to 10 years. The replacement is simple and can be done on an outpatient basis. At Henry Ford Hospital department of urology, we do offer patients this option, when indicated. This information is provided for educational purposes only. You must consult your physician in the event of any questionable symptoms or problems, or any longstanding illnesses.
1st he had a valve replacement and single bypass surgery. Since that time he has had to have fluid drained from his right lung on two occasions; the last time they gave him steroids and things improved. He just called and said the lung is full again and must be drained again in a couple of days (after going off the Cumadin). I am terrible worried that this is horribly serious; he can't seem to get any answers and he is in a huge metropolitan area with University Medical center treatment.
If he gets a pacemaker, how serious is this surgery? Pacemaker surgery is similar to a cardiac catheterization and only local anesthesia is used to insert the pacemaker into the chest wall. Minimal anesthesia may be required when testing these devices. 4. Will he ever be able to resume his active lifestyle??? Doctor says he's in EXCELLENT physical condition. The valve was replaced because he damaged it as a boy with Rhuematic fever.
If he gets a pacemaker, how serious is this surgery? Pacemaker surgery is similar to a cardiac catheterization and only local anesthesia is used to insert the pacemaker into the chest wall. Minimal anesthesia may be required when testing these devices. 4. Will he ever be able to resume his active lifestyle??? Doctor says he's in EXCELLENT physical condition. The valve was replaced because he damaged it as a boy with Rhuematic fever.
If he gets a pacemaker, how serious is this surgery? Pacemaker surgery is similar to a cardiac catheterization and only local anesthesia is used to insert the pacemaker into the chest wall. Minimal anesthesia may be required when testing these devices. 4. Will he ever be able to resume his active lifestyle??? Doctor says he's in EXCELLENT physical condition. The valve was replaced because he damaged it as a boy with Rhuematic fever.
It is the only one that does not cause me hallucinations. I am a 66 y/o male who had Mitral Valve replacement and double bypass surgery in 2001. I suffered cardiac arrest in the ICU and my chest was reopened, and another bypass done. They inserted leads into, or near, my heart so I could be hooked up if I suffered Cardiac arrest again. Kind of like a couple of terminal leads on the battery of your car. LOL!
the nature of the surgery and repair done; the risks; the limitations following surgery would be welcome. My cardiologist does not want to discuss such before the other tests. The pacemaker was rushed 17 years ago; but if this is not a rush I would probably like a second examination at a facility with more experience and advanced options than my cardiologist in Fort Wayne, Indiana has available.
Three weeks ago I received a Medtronic bi-ventricular implantable device which serves as a pacemaker and defibrillator. I have CHF. The surgery went well but at least twice the doctor ordered more sedation because I was sensing pain. I had to take a strong narcotic for the pain the first week after the implant but thereafter felt ok. There is a bump and still some swelling at the ICD site, but there was no bleeding or oozing at the ICD site and I didn't get a fever.
as you said - it raises so many red flags in my mind as a patient and I would question each and everything a doctor tells me to make the right decision. Once you have a Pacemaker or ICD implanted, it's a major surgery that can be dangerous for them to remove if they come back later and say Oh I'm sorry we were wrong and you didn't really need it.
But I don't think its really been proven to help valve patients - I don't think they found many who will 'watch and see' as you know with the valve - its not a matter of a simple replacement surgery. IT will no doubt be last on the list for this type of surgery. I think when I take - amoxicillin that it can throw my INR out of range. But I think it has to be for more than 3 days. My surgeon bikes up mountains and my electrician plays tennis - which I know tennis is a very hard sport.
I tried to stop smoking 1 year ago and took Zyban. The severe heart palpatations started then. It goes beat, beat, beat.....pause beat beat beat. Feels like a dip, like getting butterflied in your stomach. I would feel short of breath, so for the longest time I thought it was my lungs. I started smoking again. They became so severe that one day, my heart rate went up to 140 and I felt sick to my stomach and thought I was having a heart attack (I am only 34-not that that matters).
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