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How Do You Relieve Pain From Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Surgery
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or icd, is a small device that can automatically detect abnormally fast heart rhythms and stop them with a rapid pulse of paced beats or a shock. It monitors the heart rate and delivers the treatment through special wires, or leads, that may be attached to the inside or outside of the heart or placed under the skin. Most icds ...Read more
You mostly cannot: Many of the things we are accustomed to using in medicine require electrical input and will stop operating when the power stops. Most hospitals and many clinics have back up electrical generators for this circumstance. This is not different than all of society, dependent upon technology usually run with electrons. ...Read more
Can I have Atrial Flutter (AF) while wearing a pacemaker for complete heart block? Do I need ablation or it managable by using medication?
Complex question: Your best off using HealthTap Prime to ask this question, since it's complex & answer is nuanced. The only problem, as I see it, is that with ongoing AF, you can develop clots (thombus) that can dislodge & cause a stroke. Your heart RATE should be controlled by the pacemaker, so the only adverse effect of AF would be a stroke. This can be mitigated by anticoagulants (blood thinners). Use HT Prime. ...Read more
What do you advise if I'm having surgery to remove bone spurs from my shoulder how long will the surgery last?
A little: An implantable loop recorder (ilr) is a 0.5 x 2 CM device (think memory stick type) that goes under your skin in the 3rd rib space on the left side of the chest. The surgical procedure is done under local anesthesia and the incision is very small (~ 1 cm). There is minimal pain involved that is usually controlled with tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ICD: It is not unusual for transient depression after such a procedure. You should realize that the icd is a device which should help protect you from sudden death. As such if you put your mind on it being a positive, hopefully you can adjust your viewpoint and convert your anxiety depression to positive outlook. Talk to your doc. ...Read more
Pretty normal: Most patients feel different during the first 48 hours but quickly adapt. By two weeks a lot feel back to normal and certainly by 8 weeks the vast majority are back to work and resuming normal activity. Try some stretching exercises and take your pain meds especially during the first two weeks. ...Read more
It works well.: A fistula is the best option for long-term hemodialysis. Your own artery and vein are connected in a small surgical procedure. It takes 6 weeks or more to grow or mature and then 2 needles are inserted for dialysis. There is no artificial material as in an av graft so the fistulas stay open. See www, fistulafirst, org for more info. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Both done very: Successfully and routinely.Get a more detailed answer ›
I'm in Afib n atrial flutter. can i do some physical exercise? what is the best exercise for patient Afib n Atrial flutter like me?? thank you
What do the experts think, should my physical fatigue go away after the av node ablation procedure with pacemaker?
New Guidelines: This is somewhat complex and will not all fit in 400 characters so I am creating initials. 1. Ischemic cardiomyopathy, i.C., with ejection fraction, ef, >30% but <35%, newyork heartassoc, nyha, class ii or iii, and >30 days post mi/revascularization. 2. Ic, ef <30%. 3. Ic, ef between 36-40% with inducible ventricular fibrillation or tachycardia, 4. Non-ic with ef <35% and nyha class ii or greater. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Having my aortic valve replacement surgery next month.I need to relocate to a different country. How long before i can do that. Any supervision needed?
3 months: Wait at least 3 months. If you have no complications by that time, you should be good to go. At your (young) age, i presume you'll receive a mechanical valve since a bioprosthetic valve won't last long enough. You'll need warfarin/coumadin and will need close medical supervision of your protimes/inr in your new home. Get hooked up with a cardiologist or other doctor there as soon as possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm having distal clavicle resection surgery. What is the recovery time when i can go back to work an able to lift 75lbs?
How painful is recovery from lumbar fusion surgery? Will i need pain medications to deal with lumbar fusion recovery? How long will the pain last?
Very: Most people need pain meds for 2 weeks to 3 months. ...Read more
I need alternative to shoulder replacement to relieve constant pain what about copper compression brace?
Copper Comp Brace: In my patient population, copper compression sleeves & braces have worked best for muscle pain as well as aching bone pain with joint stiffness. It is not unreasonable for you to try this copper sleeve for comfort sake. Might still need a medicine geared towards your described chronic shoulder pain. Will be great if use of copper sleeve delays your need for shoulder arthroplasty. ...Read more
Yes for a reason: Baclfen or opioid pump delivers medications into intrathecal space of spinal cord , small amount of medication is directly delivered , ideal to have a small catheter from pump to the space to have less of catheter problems , than longer catheters if it is not in the back. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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