What happens after a pacemaker insertion procedure?

This is what generally happens after your pacemaker insertion procedure:
  • You may be taken to the recovery room for observation or returned to your hospital room. A nurse will monitor your vital signs.
  • You should immediately inform your nurse if you feel any chest pain or tightness, or any other pain at the incision site.
  • After the period of bed rest has been completed, you may get out of bed. The nurse will assist you the first time you get up, and will check your blood pressure while you are lying in bed, sitting, and standing. You should move slowly when getting up from the bed to avoid any dizziness from the period of bed rest.
  • You will be able to eat or drink once you are completely awake.
  • The insertion site may be sore or painful, but pain medication may be administered if needed.
  • Your physician will visit with you in your room while you are recovering. The physician will give you specific instructions and answer any questions you may have.
  • Once your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing are stable and you are alert, you will be taken to your hospital room or discharged home.
  • If the procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, you may be allowed to leave after you have completed the recovery process. However, if there are concerns or problems you may stay in the hospital for an additional day or longer.
  • You should arrange to have someone drive you home from the hospital following your procedure.

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