Q- What to expect during the recovery after a pacemaker battery change procedure?

After your procedure, you will have a gauze dressing over the incision on your chest. You may experience some redness, bruising, or slight pain at the incision site, which is normal.

  1. Remove the dressing the day after the procedure. If there are steri-strips leave them in place.
  2. Do not shower, or get the incision wet for 72 hours after the procedure.
  3. Do not raise your arm above the level of your shoulder or lift anything heavier than 5 pounds until after your wound check appointment.
  4. You will not be able to drive until after your wound check appointment in our office 7-10 days after the procedure.
  5. For information about remote monitoring, refer to the pamphlet provided to you in your discharge packet titled Device Remote Monitoring.
  6. Call our office at 201-432-7837 immediately if:
    • You are dizzy or light-headed, or you feel like you may faint.
    • You have increasing pain or discomfort at the procedure site.
    • Bright red blood at the incision site.
    • You have signs of a possible infection, such asĀ fever, increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness or any drainage from the incision.