Pacemaker Surgery

Recovery Time after Pacemaker Surgery

Many people after the cardiac surgery gets reluctant to continue with their previous life. This is mainly because of the myths around the cardiac surgery. Be it a minor procedure or the major they gets nervous as it is primarily concerned with the heart. Hence here we bring you the advice from our expert physicians and cardiologists regarding the pacemaker surgery. .

What is the pacemaker?

It is a small device which sends the electrical impulses to the heart muscles to regulate the heart rate and heart rhythm. Depending on the patient condition permanent or the temporary pacemakers are inserted in to the skin of the person.

Heart pacemaker surgery is performed in patients with atrial fibrillation, fainting spells, cardiac heart failure and rarely cardiomyopathy. People usually gets confused with other cardiac operations like open heart surgery, but this a simple procedure when compared to other major cardiac operations.

Procedure

The pacemaker procedure is a simple and a minor procedure usually conducted in a operation theater where the patient is given the localised anesthesia on the chest. Before inserting the pacemakers, the position of the pacemaker, connection of the heart to the wires approximation is done by using the x-ray imaging. After the exact connection of device to the heart is made, the pacemakers are inserted beneath the skin of the chest. This is a small incision or cut, which requires a procedure of few minutes. After the insertion the suturing of the incision made and bandaged. Soon after the procedure, the functioning of the pacemaker is again tested and the patient is also made to stay for 1-3 days more for the heart monitoring.

Recovery after the Procedure

The pacemaker surgery recovery is usually at the end of 4 weeks, which in some persons may prolong by a week due to their age and physical conditions. And usually at the end of the 12 weeks the patient is completely fit to resume his daily schedules and previous work. For early recovery from the wound, do not get the wound wet, which results in infection and delayed healing of the suture.

Though it is a minor procedure, it requires few maintenance such as

Regular follow-ups

The doctor visit in the first 4-6 weeks after the surgery is mandatory. In this appointment, the patient can also share his experiences or discomfort caused by the pacemaker. Any signs of shocks, breathlessness, chest pain, dizziness, prolonged hiccups, weakness, fainting then it should be immediately brought to the notice of doctors. Follow doctor’s instructions every time for maintaining a healthy heart.

Exercises

Many have the doubts regarding exercising after the pacemaker surgery. But you would be happy to know that you are allowed to do all your previous regular exercises, under a rule for the warm up and cool down period. Just don’t jump over suddenly, but start up with the warm up exercises then continue with the actual workout. The same rule applies during the last part of exercises, do not sit or sleep immediately after the exercises but make sure you decrease the exercise level and then to complete rest position. During any exercise, if you feel fatigue or weakness then consult your doctor. Following this exercising guidelines help you to stay fit and healthier for a longer period of time.

No contact sports

Yes, the contact sports like football or rugby can rupture your pacemakers in case of accidents or injuries on the chest. So, a complete no to contact sports is advised by the doctors.

No MRI scan

MRI’s can affect the functioning of the pacemakers as it has electromagnetic fields, so the patient with the pacemaker should give a history of his condition prior to investigations.

Magnetic field

Any electronic gadgets like pocket cells or pocket radios to be avoided. You can although use in your trouser pockets, but in the chest pockets are completely not advisable because of the emitted radiations which affect the functioning of the pacemaker. Also avoid magnetic bracelets and magnets around the chest.

Lithotripsy

It is a procedure done to remove the renal calculi. The pacemaker patient cannot undergo the lithotripsy procedure, as it emit radiations to break the kidney stones.


The pacemaker surgery can bring back the energy of the person and can undoubtedly a safe procedure. As it is a minor surgery, following all the above instructions and by regular doctor visits, the patient can lead a healthy and normal life after the pacemaker surgery.