Pacemaker implantation is a procedure to put a small, battery-operated device called a pacemaker into your chest, to help your heart beat regularly. This is a minor surgical procedure that is usually performed under a local anaesthetic (the area is numbed but you are awake during the operation).
How risky is pacemaker surgery?
Inserting a pacemaker is a relatively safe procedure. A person is likely to feel some pain or tenderness around the area of insertion, but this should be temporary. Other risks involve: swelling or bleeding at the site of insertion. infection. blood vessel or nerve damage. a collapsed lung. a reaction to medications.
Why you may not realize you need a pacemaker?
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What are the benefits of having a pacemaker?
The potential benefits of a pacemaker include normalized heart rhythm and improved quality of life. Physicians recommend pacemakers for patients in varying degrees of cardiac distress, so the potential benefits of a pacemaker will vary, as well.
What is the recovery process for pacemaker surgery patients?
If the pacemaker is working properly after surgery, you should be able to return home the next day. You will need to care for your incision for several weeks as it closes, monitoring it for signs of infection as well as healing. You may be able to feel the pacemaker under your skin as the pacemaker is typically placed just below the skin.
What are the risks of getting a pacemaker?
The most common pacemaker risks are infection at the pacemaker site, bleeding or bruising, bad reactions to anesthesia, and implantation of a faulty pacemaker. These risks are still quite low, especially in a reputable medical facility.
How serious is pacemaker surgery?
The risks of complications from the implantation of a pacemaker are low. The known risks include infection at the implantation site, an allergic reaction and swelling or bruising. Other more serious, but still rare, risks include a collapsed lung and the puncture of a heart muscle.
What to expect during pacemaker surgery?
During the pacemaker implant surgery, your cardiologist will numb the incision area so that you do not feel pain or discomfort during the procedure. He/she may also give you antibiotics prior to the surgery to ward off potential infections.
Is it safe to get a pacemaker late in life?
Pacemakers and end-of- life issues If you have a pacemaker and become terminally ill with a condition unrelated to your heart, such as cancer, it’s possible that your pacemaker could prolong your life . Doctors and researchers vary in their opinions about turning off a pacemaker in end-of- life situations.