Pacemaker Implantation

    About the Treatment

    The pacemaker surgery can be elaborated as the procedure in which a small device (pacemaker) is placed in the chest (usually) right below the collarbone or abdomen to assist in controlling abnormal heart rhythms. This device is used to treat a problem, termed as arrhythmias, in which the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat becomes abnormal.

  • The patient will be provided a local anaesthesia near the area where the surgery will be performed. The same shall be done inside the operation theatre.
  • A mild effect of the sedative will be felt by the patient, yet he/she shall be aware of the surroundings.

  • This procedure conducted under local anaesthesia is easy, trouble free and carried out in not more than two hours.
  • Through an easy pacemaker implantation process, the pacemaker will be inserted in the body of the patient under the collar bone.
  • After the local anaesthesia, the surgeon makes a three to four inch incision in the upper chest area of the patient.
  • The underlying area of the skin is shaped into a pocket which is above a vein. The electrodes are then sent down the vein to reach the heart’s inner walls.
  • The battery/timer unit is observed for inducing rhythm in the heart. The timer unit is placed and then sealed in the pocket, after the confirmation is received from the monitor.

  • After the procedure, the patient will be able to regain consciousness within an hour or two.
  • The success rate of the pacemaker surgery has always been hundred percent.
  • Post the pacemaker surgery is complete, patients can perform all electrical appliance based work at home and in office. But one should be cautious when entering areas with magnetic fields as the presence of magnetic field might hamper the functioning of the timer unit. The patients will have to maintain a distance from scanning machines, electromagnetic detectors, and laser instruments.

A list of rare pacemaker procedure complications include:

  • Pocket infection during the process of insertion is carried out
  • Draining in the area of incision
  • The collapse of lung due to electrode insertion
  • Witnessing a lead dislodge inside the pocket

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