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   Posted 12/13/2006 10:06 PM (GMT -7)   
My friend of many years has been told he needs a defibrillator implant. He wonders how much pain he'll be in after the surgery plus how long he'll be housebound and what his limitations will be while he recuperates. Any answers will be greately appreciated.

Post Edited (button) : 12/14/2006 11:32:32 PM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 12/16/2006 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi button, welcome to healing well.  I cant answer for the defibrillator's implant but I had a pacemaker implanted in September 05 (I'm 33 yrs old).  It tooks several weeks to recoup from the surgery.  There really wasnt much pain but it was uncomfortable and kind of creepy knowing that I had this box in my chest that I could see and feel.  Also, I had to be careful not to lift anything over 5 pounds and not to put my arm above shoulder level for well over 6 weeks as not to displace the leads going into the heart.
Please do let us know how your friend is doing...take care

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   Posted 12/16/2006 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Elisha----------Thank you very much for your reply, I read it to my friend and it made him feel better, he has a low pain tolerance. Hopefully all will go well, he sees the MD next week for details.....I'll let you know how it goes with him........Thank you again.....button

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   Posted Yesterday 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
My own pacemaker is creepy.....still.   The wires are everywhere and hurt.  If I touch the scars even worse.    I can't complain though.  It works.  Just learning about heart problems.  I am sure your friend will be fine. They will make him comfortable with some meds at first.  Nice to know you els.  Didn't realize you were so young.     Didn't want to scare your friend about the device, I am super-sensitive, but know several people who have no problems at all.       

Post Edited (AnnieInOz) : 12/17/2006 7:03:49 PM (GMT-7)


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   Posted Yesterday 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi AnnieInOz: Thank you for the reply! I guess everyone has their own reaction to the implant. As I tell my friend, he should think of the alternative, if he DOESN't get it done it could be VERY bad for him, to put it mildly !!!!!
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