Although implanting a pacemaker is considered a minor procedure, you will have pre-operative guidelines to follow. Your doctor will provide specific instructions regarding eating and drinking prior to your procedure.
They may also recommend that you stop taking certain medications, like aspirin, which can thin the blood, several hours or days in advance.
Prior to the procedure you will be required to sign a consent form. As with any procedure, there are risks associated with implanting a pacemaker, including infection, severe bleeding, and a collapsed lung. Be sure to discuss these risks or any concerns you may have with your healthcare team.
When you arrive at the hospital, you will dress in a hospital gown and be asked to remove any jewelry or accessories, such a