We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Involved in Pacemaker Surgery?

By Meshell Powell
Updated Mar 03, 2024
Our promise to you
The Health Board is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At The Health Board, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A pacemaker is an artificial electronic device that may need to be surgically implanted if the electrical signals in the heart are not functioning properly. Symptoms suggesting that there may be problems with the electrical signals in the heart include a low pulse rate, dizziness, and shortness of breath. Pacemaker surgery generally takes an hour or less and is typically done as either an outpatient procedure or only requiring one night in the hospital. This type of surgery is considered minor, and recovery time is minimal in most cases.

The human heart contains a natural electrical system responsible for regulating the rate at which the heart beats. If this system becomes faulty, the heart rate slows and the patient experiences dizziness as well as other uncomfortable symptoms. An electronic pacemaker consists of two primary parts, the pulse generator and leads. The pulse generator creates the electrical signals, and the leads are the wires that carry that signal to the heart.

Before pacemaker surgery, the doctor will explain the procedure and answer any questions. The patient will then sign all of the necessary paperwork granting permission for the surgery. Next, the patient may be hooked up to heart monitors and speak with the anesthesiologist, who will deliver all necessary medications before and during the operation.

The patient is usually awake during pacemaker surgery, so a local anesthetic is given to numb the area where the surgery will take place. An IV is placed in the arm so that the anesthesiologist can quickly and safely deliver any needed medications, including relaxation medications and antibiotics. The patient's heart rate and blood pressure will be monitored during the course of the procedure.

The incision used during pacemaker surgery is generally between 3 and 4 inches (7.6 and 10 mm) long and placed just under the collar bone on the left side of the chest. However, if the patient is left-handed, the pacemaker can be placed on the right side of the chest. The stitches used during pacemaker surgery will dissolve on their own, so there is no need to have them removed later.

Once the pacemaker surgery has been completed, pacemaker function will be tested before the patient is able to leave the hospital. This function will generally be tested once or twice a year following placement. The patient should discuss with the doctor any questions or concerns involving activity restrictions and follow-up care after undergoing pacemaker surgery.

The Health Board is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
By anon1002145 — On Sep 17, 2019

I am currently going in tomorrow morning to get my pacemaker replaced after 12 years. Energy level right now is in the toilet but should be better real soon. I have a great doctor at UMMS who is doing the work, so no worries except the normal stuff.

The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.