Pacemaker Discharge Instructions

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You will need a 2 week follow-up appointment with us to evaluate your surgical wound healing process. Call 480-246-3000 to schedule this appointment if one was not made for you at the time of your discharge from the hospital.


Home Care for Your Incisions Site:
Proper care of post-operative incisions will greatly enhance the healing process. Keeping the area clean and well cared for will decrease the risk of infection.

Taking care of your wound:
  • Remove the large dressing over the Pacemaker the morning after discharge. This will not be done in the hospital setting for risk of infection. If you remain in the hospital, do not remove the dressing unless it’s soiled. Do not remove the steri strips, they will either fall off or we will remove them at your 2 week follow up appointment.
  • Shower as usual the morning after your discharge.
  • Don’t scrub the incision area, just wash gently with soap, rinse and pat dry with a clean towel (do not rub).
  • Avoid submerging your wound in a bathtub, swimming pool or Jacuzzi for 6 weeks.
  • Some discomfort such as mild redness, itching and swelling may occur. These symptoms are part of the normal healing process. Don’t scratch the wound if it starts to itch.
  • Protect your incision area from excessive sunlight.


Signs of Infection/Problem:
  • Significant redness, heat, swelling or severe pain.
  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher.
  • White, yellow or greenish discharge from the wound or significant bleeding.
  • Opening of the wound.
  • Discomfort related to the wound should decrease every day.


DO:
  • Continue to take medications unless told otherwise at the time of discharge.
  • Exercise per physician’s orders.
  • Put your temporary pacemaker card in your wallet (you will receive a permanent card in about 6 weeks in the mail). Take home your pacemaker booklet and read at home.
  • Call if you experience any dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting or if you have any questions related to your pacemaker.


DON'T:
  • Do not lift, push or pull over 10lbs. or raise your arm (on pacemaker side) above shoulder level for 6 weeks (this includes golfing and tennis).
  • No MRI’s (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). You can have a CAT scan.
  • You may use a cell phone if you use it on the opposite ear. Do not put a cell phone in the shirt pocket over your ICD.
  • Do not use a sling as it can cause frozen shoulder.
  • No Arc Welding.


Other:
Magnets can affect your pacemaker. Please read the enclosed materials and discuss with your provider if necessary.


Follow-Up:
Routine follow-up visits to monitor your pacemaker will be important to your health and the effectiveness of the device. If you do not experience any problems after your pacemaker implantation, routine follow-up appointments will be arranged at your first visit. Follow-up from a home transmitter may be available, please ask the technician at your first visit.

Your pacemaker is working at the time of implant and there is no reason to have your pacemaker checked sooner if you are feeling well. If you have problems, questions or concerns please call our office.