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Pacemaker Surgery: All About Pacemakers

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Updated June 27, 2014

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The Risks of Pacemaker Surgery
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In addition to the general risks of surgery and the risks of anesthesia, pacemaker surgery presents its own risks. While less than 5% of patients experience problems after pacemaker surgery, it is important to be aware of potential complications.

Risks of Pacemaker Surgery

  • Nerve damage at the incision site
  • Damage to the tissues or blood vessels around the heart or the incision site
  • Pneumothorax (collapsed lung)
  • Bruising at the site of placement (this is an expected effect of surgery)
  • Faulty pacemaker that does not function as intended after the surgery (very rare)
  • Faulty lead wires that connect the pacemaker to the heart (very rare)
  • Lead wires that become dislodged after surgery due to activity or poor placement

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