Pacemaker surgery recovery time

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I'm 23. I had my p<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>cem<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ker implanted when I was 15, during an open heart surgery to perform a valve replacement, so in July it will be 9 years old. I know I will have to have the battery replaced anywhere between two months to 4 months from now. My pacemaker was implanted under my ribcage on my left side. 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?
Thank heaven he finally listened to you! Now at least you will have access to another cardiologist, albeit in another state! I have worked in pedi heart surgery but it has been a long an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>timean> ago. My guess would be that he would only be in a couple an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> days, unless they have plans for a more thorough evaluation, which might be likely. Kids bounce back quickly, typically. We would have some that had simple open heart surgery and would be happily playing in their crib in 2 days, asking for soda!
I say, regardless an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> her age or other medical issues, go for it. It's not a difficult surgery, and recovery <sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n style = 'b<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ckground-color: #d<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>e8f4'>time</sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n> is not excessive either. I was 43 when they put my unit in, I was an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan>f work for 5 days, and the only restriction I had was not lifting my right arm (it was put in on my right side) above my shoulder level for six weeks to prevent the leads from pulling out. It takes about six weeks for the leads to "scar in" the heart muscle. an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>afteran> that, no problems.
Ever since this surgery she has been Extremely tired constantly and unable to do her normal activities. Is this a normal side effect an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>afteran> this surgery? If so, is it expected to get better with <sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n style = 'b<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ckground-color: #d<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>e8f4'>time</sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n>? Her check up appointment was scheduled for two months an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>afteran> the surgery. Is that normal protocol? Thank you, for any advice you can give us!
Has anyone experienced depression, anxiety or ptsd an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>afteran> being diagnosed with medical problems and having surgery? Normally I'm not an anxious type an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> person but this is an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>dran>iving me bonkers. I have been so stressed from the moment I found out from my pcp that something was wrong - I knew the way I was feeling wasn't normal for me. In a period an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> a month, I was in my pcp's an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan>fice - specialist, testing etc &amp; surgery, so it was very quick finding out.
Well maybe I had some p<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>cem<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ker operating when I was in surgery, an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> course don't know anything about what went on in there, thank god, the anesthesiologist kept me under the whole an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>timean>. My surgeon/hospital was all for back on your feet and I was sitting up in a high back chair within a few hours an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>afteran> surgery. I had several catheters hanging out an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> me and was hooked up to heart monitoring equipment.
Is it a long recovery period? I was to nervous to ask much about the p<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>cem<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ker because I was asking questions about the EP study. If I have to get a pacemake, it will be done on the 10th so my son can come be with me during recovery. anything anyone can tell me would be appreciated.
Recently, it was found that I have an aortic root aneurysm that they will be monitoring and eventually performing another open-heart surgery to repair. My question is - due to my p<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>cem<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ker, blood thinners, history an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> previous OHS/valve replacement, what is the recovery an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>timean> from a second OHS specifically in relation to an aneurysm repair? How long would I be an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan>f work and what is the survival (or mortality) rate?
I'm 19 years old. 3 months ago I went in for knee surgery. While I was in recovery they found me in 3rd degree heart block. I was sent home with a heart rate an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> 40 they thought it was just the pain meds. With in four hours I was unconscious on the bathroom floor with a heart rate an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> 15 quickly fading. I was rushed to the er and put in cardiac short stay for the night. They ran test an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>afteran> test to make sure anistisa had nothing to do with it.
My meds have not changed - only additional med is 'coumadin' since my surgery. Today an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>afteran> my p<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>cem<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ker was programmed 'on' I could feel it kicking in and I had difficulty breathing - everyan style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>timean> it came on. I don't care if it comes 'on' - I just want to walk and breath and I especially want to RUN and breath.. and the pacer gives me a shortness an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> breath when it comes on. I had read once that as a runner the "DDD" program worked well.
I'm 19 years old. 3 months ago I went in for knee surgery. While I was in recovery they found me in 3rd degree heart block. I was sent home with a heart rate an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> 40 they thought it was just the pain meds. With in four hours I was unconscious on the bathroom floor with a heart rate an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> 15 quickly fading. I was rushed to the er and put in cardiac short stay for the night. They ran test an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>afteran> test to make sure anistisa had nothing to do with it.
I think as far as a-fib goes, it generally does not go away unless there was some specific cause for it that can be fixed (like sleep apnea, recovery from heart surgery or alcohol intoxication, etc.). From what I've read, it usually comes back.
I recovered quickly from the ablation, but since I had a resting pulse an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> around 160 before I had it done, I was hardly doing much but lying about - any form an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> exertion would speed my heart rate up to well over 200 within about 15 seconds, so I could really only improve an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>afteran> the ablation. I obviously ended up with a p<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>cem<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ker to replace the av node, and that part an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> the recovery is very slow.
The doctors did not think she would even survive the night, much less the surgery. She works full <sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n style = 'b<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ckground-color: #d<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>e8f4'>time</sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n> where she was working when it happened and is doing well. She doesn't go to new places because she gets confused, and forgets why or how she got there. People can recover and go on to live "normal" lives, whatever normal is these days. Good luck and God Bless all an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> you.
Because an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> heart failure, they wanted to upgrade the p<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>cem<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ker to a biventricular p<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>cem<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ker and ICD which would have three wires. I have had many neck surgeries so the surgeon did not think it would be wise to leave in to old wires and add three new ones so I had to have the old ones removed. I was prepped for open heart surgery in the event the wire extractions would be a problem. However, my wires were in for a long an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>timean> and had scar tissue.
Hi all I am looking for someone that I can identify with who has a p<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>cem<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ker and is only 33. I am recovering from pm surgery on 2-7-07 and i feel like none an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> my famly understands what it is like. I am a sp ed teacher and have two chilan style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>dran>en and a wonderful husband but feel like I'm all alone when I don't feel good. Help! Will I be okay?
I am very very weak, my heart is irregular and basically I feel horrible. They are now adding another part to the surgery - I will get a Bivent p<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>cem<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ker in place an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> my 2 lead one. Hopefully both procedures will help me feel better -I would do it this an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>afteran>noon if I could. If anyone has a Bivent - do they take out my current ICD or just add another lead? The ablation surgery was going to be a one nite stay - but with the Bivent being added, how long do you think I'll be in? Recovery?
Is this something that can go away on it's own? 2. I forogt to ask my gyn about the recovery <sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n style = 'b<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ckground-color: #d<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>e8f4'>time</sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n> an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> my upcoming surgery. I'll be having a mini-laparotomy to remove a solid cyst, possibly my rt. ovary, and my appendix. Is this a day surgery? I know scopes are, but what about this. I'll see my doc in 2 weeks again, but I'd love to know now. Me: 32, 2 scopes, 2 c-sections, hysterectomy in 2004 )adenomyosis), pelvic pain 8+ years, mild endo.
mentioned something about other options including a p<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>cem<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ker that can go on the outside an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> the heart, but I just didn't want to know about it at the <sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n style = 'b<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ckground-color: #d<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>e8f4'>time</sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n>. Can you tell me something about this, what it is, how it works and how it is inserted please? It seems I may have a very rare and unheard an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> form an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> intolerance to pacemaker leads ( I have has three different types so far) Each an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>timean> the ventricular one has been moved, maybe it is the atrial one?
Hi, what was the surgery done? was it Valvuloplasty or valvotomy? it will take <sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n style = 'b<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ckground-color: #d<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>e8f4'>time</sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n> post surgery for the heart condition to settle down. Hope the regurgitation has settled down and hope there is no evidence an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> pulmonary hypertension. His ejection fraction should improve. Your doctor may ask for stress testing to see his exercise tolerance. So, please continue with the protocol given by your doctor and good luck with his recovery. Regards.
Immediately an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>afteran> aortic valve replacement, the patient will frequently stay in a cardiac surgery intensive care unit for 12-36 hours. an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>afteran> this, the patient is an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan>ten moved to a lower-dependency unit and then to a cardiac surgery ward. Total an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>timean> spent in hospital following surgery is usually between 4 and 10 days, unless complications arise. Common complications include heart block which typically requires the permanent insertion an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> a cardiac pacemaker.
She is now 9 months old and I have been advised that this is the <sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n style = 'b<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ckground-color: #d<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>e8f4'>time</sp<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>n> for surgery. Surgery should be done before she turns one. Her heart (right side) is enlarged. She is currently on medication 1) Digoxin (0.6ml) 2) Lasix (0.2ml) 3) Potassium Chloride (1.5ml). Items (2) She only weighs about 6kgs, she can't sit up on her own and has not start crawling. She has difficulty breathing while being bottle fed, pausing to catch her breath.
You will also have a thin wire coming from your chest for a temporary p<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>cem<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ker if required during recovery. You will have 2 or 3 an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>dran>ainage tubes coming from your lower chest into plastic containers. These are for collecting fluids from the surgery which would otherwise collect in the chest. Once the fluid stops, they remove the tubes which is a relief. The pacemaker wire will be removed at that an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>timean> also.
I remember my parents came in, I didn't look so good and they were concerned, but I think everyone looks not so good right an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>afteran> major surgery. They put in p<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>cem<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ker wires in case I had any issues with rhythm but an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>afteran> several days I seemed okay so they pulled them out. It didn't hurt, you just exhale all the way out and out they go with a tug. I was released an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>afteran> 5 days - was out shopping with my friends 7 days an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>afteran> surgery!!!!!!!!!!
I would say the mini maze, while painful, has been recovery well but the post-surgery lung fluid has been a huge complication to my recovery. Will continue to post. Wishing you all a happy New year and let's hope we all have less a-fib in 2013!
I am a 61 yr old female, overweight with a p<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>cem<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ker. I had surgery for stenosis Oct 11. Previously I had a laminectomy followed by a fusion 3yrs later. I had a good recovery with little problems with these surgeries. The last surgery has been very difficult. I lost use an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> my legs which is slowly coming back but with a lot an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> pain. Most an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> my an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>timean> has been spent down since walking is compromised and painful. The therapist said, "I would PROBaBLY get back most an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> the use an style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>ofan> my legs.
However I talked to my cardiologist today and he said that where I had to stop my plavix and asprirn in Feb/Mar 08 for over a month (cervical spine surgery and p<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>cem<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>a</span>ker implant) that it may be too soon to stop it again. Have you had any similar problems like heart stopping, LBP, hearing loss or no taste PLUS PaIN. and what do you find effective for the pain?
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