What happens after a pacemaker placement?
Created by: Team Rx.Health
Modified on: Thu, 20 Feb, 2020 at 5:55 AM
- You will be able to go home the next day after the procedure.
- Please inform your doctor if you experience chest pain or tightness, or any other pain at the incision site, you might receive pain medicine if you are experiencing severe pain.
- You will need someone to drive you home after the procedure.
- Your healthcare team may advise you to look for the signs of infection, bleeding or swelling at the incision site.
- Your health care team may advise you to limit movement of the arm on the side that the pacemaker was placed
- Your healthcare team may ask you to avoid strenuous activities like lifting heavy objects for 4 weeks after the procedure.
- You can start eating your normal diet.
- It's safe to talk on a cellphone but avoid placing your cellphone within 6 inches (about 15 centimeters) of your pacemaker placement site when the phone is turned on.
- Inform all your doctors and dentists that you have a pacemaker.
- After your surgery, you will receive a card that says you have a pacemaker as pacemaker may set off airport security alarms and handheld detectors.
- MRI, CT scan, cancer radiation treatment or radiofrequency or microwave ablation are not recommended if you have a pacemaker.
- It is advised to stand at least 2 feet (61 centimeters) from welding equipment, high-voltage transformers or motor-generator systems.
- Your doctor may want to check your pacemaker every 3-6 months.
- Your pacemaker's battery should last five to 15 years.
- If you are having a surgical procedure performed, inform your surgeon that you have a pacemaker well before the operation.
- If you are involved in a physical, recreational, or sporting activity, protect yourself from trauma to the pacemaker.
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