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Pacemaker Surgery is done to implant a pacemaker under the skin near the heart, to help control the heartbeat.
Pacemaker is a small instrument of the size of Indian 5 rupee coin. The main function of the instrument is to transmit electrical impulses which keep the heart beating at regular speed. It consists of two main parts, an electric pulse generator and electrodes that transmit the pulses to the heart.
Implanted pacemaker continously monitor the heartbeats, and whenever the beating gets slower that natural, it sends electrical signals to speed up the beating. It keeps the heartbeat regular by creating and transmitting electric pulses at regular intervals of time. This compensates for the lack of electrical activity in the heart and keeps blood flow smooth.
Depending on number of electrodes used, there are 3 types of pacemakers.
Pacemaker Surgery is mostly recommended by the doctor in following cases:
Before the procedure, the doctor will recommend these tests to find the underlying reason for abnormal beating of heart.
The procedure takes about 2 hours and is generally performed under local anesthesia. During the procedure,
In most cases, the patient can go home in a day. During the stay, the heartbeat will be constantly monitored and prior to discharge, pacemaker settings will be programmed to match natural heartbeats.
The surgeon will recommmed against any strenuous physical activity for at least a month.
Extra care should be taken while entering areas with magnetic fields, as the presence of magnetic field might hinder the activity of the timer unit. The doctor will also ask to stay away from electromagnetic detectors, scanning machines or laser instruments.
Implanted pacemaker can stay for a lifetime and need not be replaced or readjusted. Battery may have to be replaced.
Although a very safe procedure, a few known risks include: