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What happens after a pediatric pacemaker placement operation?

The following occurs after a pediatric pacemaker placement surgery:
  • Your child will probably stay in the hospital overnight, so your healthcare team can monitor his or her heartbeat.
  • The next morning your child will have a device check to make sure the leads and generator are working well.
  • Your child will get a pacemaker ID card that identifies the type of pacemaker he or she has, when it was placed, and who performed the procedure. Your child will get a permanent card in the mail in a few weeks. Make sure your child has the ID card at all times.
  • Going home: When your child has recovered adequately from sedation and the procedure, the nurse will send you and your child home with instructions from the cardiologist.

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