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Hello everyone,

My name is Robert and I'm going to have a pacemaker implanted next tuesday. I've been having some problems with my heart in the last few years and I've always treated it with medications. I've been having a faster heartbeat than regular and mu doctor told me that this is becoming dangerous and that I need to have a pacemaker surgery. That's okay, I'm not scared or anything but I would like to know what are the possible risks of a pacemaker surgery. It is just so I can know what to expect if anything happens to go wrong.

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Hello Robert, 

Pacemaker surgery generally is safe. If problems do occur, they may include:

  • Swelling, bleeding, bruising, or infection in the area where the pacemaker was placed
  • Blood vessel or nerve damage
  • A collapsed lung
  • A bad reaction to the medicine used during the procedure

You can talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of pacemaker surgery. He will tell you everything that you need to know about it, especially how to take proper care of the device and how to use it properly. You will also have to pay attention if the device is working properly so you can replace it if it is not.

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Hi Robert,

It is quite safe, like Adria said.

Placing a pacemaker requires minor surgery. The surgery usually is done in a hospital or special heart treatment laboratory. Your doctor will numb the area where he or she will put the pacemaker so you don't feel any pain. Your doctor also may give you antibiotics to prevent infection. First, your doctor will insert a needle into a large vein, usually near the shoulder opposite your dominant hand. Your doctor will then use the needle to thread the pacemaker wires into the vein and to correctly place them in your heart. 

Once the wires are in place, your doctor will make a small cut into the skin of your chest or abdomen.

He or she will slip the pacemaker's small metal box through the cut, place it just under your skin, and connect it to the wires that lead to your heart. The box contains the pacemaker's battery and generator.

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Hey everyone,

I had a pacemaker surgery and I'm doing quite fine, Robert. This happened two years ago and I've feeling well ever since. I received some medications in order now to feel any pain during the surgery and it worked, I didn't feel a thing. They placed a pacemaker and almost immediately I was able to get back to doing regular daily things.

I was aware of the risks as well but everything finished as planned. I went for some routine controls about once in every two months and the doctor was satisfied with how my device was working, I hope it will be the same situation with you.
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Like I said, I am not scared of the surgery or anything, it's not that I'm bragging or anything but my friends say that I am the most courageous of us all. Thank you for the info that you gave me there, I really appreciate it. 

I know a lot about medicine so from what you wrote, I see that I wouldn't have anything to worry about, if I was a worry type of guy. 

Well, Maggy, I hope that I will have the same situation as you and that everything is going to be okay. I mean, it is going to be okay, I'm sure of it!
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Hello Robert. This is a very complicated surgery because it is about your heart, right? Of course that you can expect some pain and you can be sure that there are some risks during this operation. Complications can occur. Here is what you need to be prepared on.

  • You can expect the infection where the pacemaker was implanted
  • Allergic reaction to the dye or anesthesia used during your procedure
  • Swelling, bruising or bleeding at the generator site, especially if you are taking blood thinners
  • Damage to your blood vessels or nerves near the pacemaker
  • Collapsed lung.

That is all possible. 

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Hello everyone. I totally agree with you Make me Coffee. I had peacemaker surgery and some people from their own experiences were telling me that I won't have any problems because this is a routine surgery. Well, this is not true at all. This is not that safe surgery and I can tell you from my own experience. You should let people talking that this is not dangerous. I had an allergic reaction on the anesthesia at the very first beginning .After pacemaker surgery I am still dealing with some discomfort and pain.
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Hello guys. Hello Robert. Look, you need to be aware of any possible complications that can happen to you during pacemaker surgery. We can tell you that everything is going to be OK, that nothing can happen to you. But this would be a lie. And we don't want to lie to you. Before any surgery you should consult your doctor about possible risks and complications. That is the best thing that you can do. I am sure that your doctor won't lie to you about possible side - effects and risks of pacemaker surgery. Good luck, I hope that you are going to be ok. 

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Hello. I agree with you Aurora. I had three pacemaker surgeries in very short time. I consulted my doctor before I had this first operation and I asked him to tell me every single risk that exists and that can happen during and after pacemaker surgery . He told me. He told me all those possible risk and now I can see that you wrote them in here. Yes, I had problems with my lungs after surgery but my doctor told me about this. Infection is most common risk. But sometimes pacemaker is the only solution that you can have.
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Good day there. My mom recently had pacemaker surgery. Thanks God everything was OK, she is fine and doctors told me that they will let her go home very soon, in the couple of days. But one older guy that was in the same room with her in hospital didn’t go so well after pacemaker surgery. Well, he had problems with blood clots which developed in one of the veins in his arm. Exactly at the place where the pacemaker was fitted. I know that he was telling that he feel some swelling in his arms. Doctors immediately recognize the symptoms and they reacted. After that they told me that this is not that serious but that they need to react soon because that is the only way to prevent some bigger clots to happen.

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