A Permanent Pacemaker Implantation of a small electronic device that is usually placed in the chest to help regulate slow electrical problems with the heart. A pacemaker is usually recommended to prevent patient’s heartbeat from slowing down to a dangerously low rate. The device normally last up to 10 years and can be replaced thereafter
The patient will be admitted at the hospital the night before or few hours before the procedure. The procedure can also be done the next day after temporary pacemaker insertion was done.
The anesthesiologist will instruct the patient not to eat or drink (NPO- nothing per orem) anything for usually 6-8 hours before the procedure.
The doctor will assess the patient’s physical and medical history and will review diagnostic tests done such as ECG, and laboratory tests such as PT, APTT, bleeding time and clotting time to determine how long it takes for the patient’s blood to clot.
In some instances, anticoagulant medications may be put on hold to prevent bleeding.
Skin preparation to disinfect the operative site using Chlohexidine will be done prior to transfer to Catheterization laboratory.
The hair on the chest may be shaved for male patients on operative site to prevent infection.
Another skin preparation of the operative site will be done at the Catheterization laboratory using chlorhexidine and betadine.
An antibiotic may be administered an hour prior to procedure.
General anesthesia is usually administered so the patient will be asleep throughout the procedure.
If you have question on the procedures, please call (045) 625 2999 local 2453