How long does it take to recover from pacemaker surgery?

Recovering from a pacemaker implantation (surgical insertion of a small device to regulate your heart rhythm) is rather quick. You may either go home the same day, or most patients spend one night in the hospital following the procedure. There may be some minor discomfort following the procedure. Tylenol or other over-the-counter pain relief medications can be used as needed. Most individuals feel fine within a few days. Stronger pain medication can be prescribed as needed based upon your level of discomfort.

When you return home you can resume most of your normal activities. The time frame in which you return to work will of course depend on your occupation. You should discuss these issues with your physician.

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This small, battery-operated device weighs about an ounce and sends a signal to your heart to correct a slow or irregular heartbeat. A pacemaker is implanted under the skin, usually on the left side of the chest below the collarbo...

ne. The procedure takes about an hour, and most patients go home within a day. Types of pacemakers vary; some correct a slow heartbeat, while others stop an irregular heartbeat or stop severe heart failure.

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