A pacemaker is a small device that's placed in the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms. This device uses electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate.
Pacemaker Surgery lasts 30-60 minutes. You will receive a local anesthetic to freeze the area where the pacemaker will be inserted. You will be awake but relaxed. The anesthetist will start an intravenous in a vein to give you antibiotic and other medications to relax you. In the operating room your heartbeat will be monitored along with your blood pressure. When your pacemaker is inserted you probably won't feel any pain, but you may feel a pressure sensation. A few tests will be performed to ensure the pacemaker is functioning appropriately.
After your surgery you will be taken to the recovery room. The nurses will check your dressing over your pacemaker site, your intravenous and take you back to your room as soon as you are ready.
Your incision will be 3-4 inches long, probably on the left side of your chest, just below the collar bone. If you are left-handed, inform your nurse or doctor and the pacemaker can be placed on your right side. The stitches will dissolve as the incision heals. You will not need to come back to the hospital to get them removed.
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