What is recovery like after getting a pacemaker?

You may feel a hard ridge along the incision. This usually gets softer in the months after surgery. You may be able to see or feel the outline of the pacemaker under your skin. You will probably be able to go back to work or your usual routine 1 to 2 weeks after surgery.

What are the restrictions after pacemaker surgery?

Don’t engage in excessive physical activity, including movements like leaning on your arms or stretching your arms overhead or behind you. Don’t rub your chest area around or near the incision. Don’t lift heavy objects, which may even include a heavy purse or a dog or cat, especially on the side of the pacemaker.

How long are you in hospital after having a pacemaker fitted?

The procedure usually takes about an hour, but it may take longer if you’re having a biventricular pacemaker with 3 leads fitted or other heart surgery at the same time. You’ll usually need to stay in hospital overnight and have a day’s rest after the procedure. Read more about recovering from a pacemaker implantation.

Can I walk after pacemaker surgery?

Use of your upper body should be limited to gentle range of motion activities (such as shoulder rolls) for the first 24 hours after implantation. Light-to-moderate activity, such as walking, can be started within 2 to 3 days after your pacemaker implant. It’s easy to walk — all you need is a good pair of shoes!

How long after pacemaker can you shower?

You can take a bath or a shower 48 hours after you get home, but your incision (the cut from your procedure) site must stay dry for 5 to 7 days. Before you bathe or shower, tape a piece of plastic bag or plastic wrap over your dressing to keep your incision dry.

Is it OK to sleep on your left side if you have a pacemaker?

You may sleep on the same side as your pacemaker. Loose fitting tops may feel better.

What are the disadvantages of having a pacemaker?


  • Infection near the site in the heart where the device is implanted.
  • Swelling, bruising or bleeding at the pacemaker site, especially if you take blood thinners.
  • Blood clots (thromboembolism) near the pacemaker site.
  • Damage to blood vessels or nerves near the pacemaker.
  • Collapsed lung (pneumothorax)

Can you drink alcohol with a new pacemaker?

Although you may not be aware of it, sedation can remain in your system for up to 24 hours and can cause you to be less alert then normal. If you have had sedation it is important that you do not drive, drink alcohol, operate machinery or sign legally binding documents within 24 hours of the procedure.

Can I have a glass of wine with a pacemaker?

Can a person with a pacemaker drive a car?

A new study has concluded that patients with implanted cardiac devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators can safely drive or ride in an electric car without risk of electromagnetic interference (EMI).

How long will it take to recover from pacemaker surgery?

You will probably stay in the hospital for a day after having your new pacemaker is implanted. Sometimes, the procedure is so quick that people don’t need to stay overnight. Your doctor will program the pacemaker to match your specific pacing needs before you go home. It can take a few days to a few months to fully recover from the procedure.

What activities should I avoid after pacemaker surgery?

Avoid strenuous activity,especially lifting and other activities that use your upper body.

  • Avoid rough contact that could result in a blow to your implant site.
  • Limit certain arm movements if your doctor tells you to.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects until your doctor tells you it is OK.
  • What to expect during pacemaker surgery?

    Before the Surgery. When you arrive at the hospital,you will be asked to register,fill out a medical history form,and sign a consent form stating that you understand

  • During the Surgery. Once you are prepped,you are wheeled into the operating room and placed on a table in an upward-facing (supine) position under the fluoroscope.
  • After Surgery.
  • How serious is pacemaker surgery?

    Is pacemaker surgery serious? Complications from surgery to implant your pacemaker are uncommon, but could include: Infection where the pacemaker was implanted. Allergic reaction to the dye or anesthesia used during your procedure. Swelling, bruising or bleeding at the generator site, especially if you take blood thinners.