Recommendations for resuming normal activity after getting a pacemaker vary. We recommend limited range of motion and weight bearing less than 10 lbs for the first two weeks. Afterward, if the wound is healing well, then gradual increase in range of motion and weight bearing is encouraged. By four weeks after implant, patients should be able to return to full range of motion and weight bearing. The shoulder should not be completely immobilized at any for more than 24 to 48 hours because this can lead to frozen shoulder and other problems. Some motion and activity is always encouraged, according to the described schedule.
- Q When should I call my doctor after ICD or pacemaker surgery?
- Q What is a pacemaker?
- Q What signs of trouble should I watch for after getting a pacemaker?
- Q What is a pediatric pacemaker?
- Q What if I need a pacemaker due to transposition of the great arteries?
- Q How do I take care of my pacemaker?