PACEMAKER CARE AND PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS
You will need an early postoperative visit within 2 weeks from the date of your operation. These appointments are routine and we will get in touch with you to set up this appointment. Please contact the implanting surgeon for follow up appointments.
There are several specific instructions to follow in the meantime:
- Keep the incision dry for 7-10 days from the time of the surgery. This means that you will need to take sponge baths and not get the area wet.
- There may be some discomfort associated with the pacemaker for the first several days. You can take any over-the-counter pain relief (such as Tylenol or Motrin) 2-3 times daily for the first 2-3 days for soreness. If pain continues after this time, please call the office.
- Do not attempt to remove the bandage or steri strips (tape) from the incision. It's okay if they fall off by themselves, but do not try to remove them. They will be removed in the office.
- You may notice a bruise over your pacemaker. This is not unusual. If you develop fever, bleeding, or drainage from the incision, please notify our office immediately.
- You should not lift your arm above the level of your shoulder for two weeks. This will allow the pacemaker wires to heal in place. It is important to move your arms as normal as possible (without going above the shoulder) to prevent the development of a frozen shoulder.
- You should not engage in sports or lift objects heavier than 20 lbs. for the first two weeks after pacemaker implantation.
- Your pacemaker will not be affected by microwave ovens. If you use a cellular phone, do not leave it "turned on" in a pocket directly over the pacemaker. When speaking into a cellular phone, use the ear opposite to the side of the pacemaker.
- When shopping in a store with a theft detection device, you can walk through the sensor without a problem. Walk quickly through the device without stopping.
- You should carry your pacemaker implant card with you at all times for emergency purposes and air travel. You will receive a temporary card at the time of pacemaker implant. A permanent card will be mailed to you in the near future.