Pacemakers are life-saving devices that have revolutionised the treatment of heart rhythm disorders. Here we’re exploring pacemaker surgery and how Dr David Begley can provide the pacemaker surgery Cambridge patients need.

What is a Pacemaker?

A pacemaker is a small electronic device that helps regulate the heartbeat. Pacemakers treat arrhythmias, conditions where the heart beats too slowly, too quickly, or irregularly. By sending electrical impulses to the heart, pacemakers ensure a consistent heart rate, improving the patient’s quality of life and preventing heart failure.

Why is Pacemaker Surgery Needed?

Pacemakers become necessary when the heart cannot maintain an adequate rhythm on its own. Conditions such as bradycardia, heart block, and some types of heart failure can require a pacemaker fitting. Symptoms of these conditions might include fatigue, dizziness, fainting spells, and shortness of breath.

The Pacemaker Surgery Procedure

Pacemaker surgery is usually a minimally invasive procedure. Usually, patients only require local anaesthesia. The procedure involves making a small incision near the collarbone which allows the cardiologist to feed through the pacemaker leads into a vein which can then be guided to the heart. The surgeon follows the leads via X-ray imagery to ensure that the leads are properly in place. Next, the pacemaker device is connected to the leads and placed under the skin. The process takes just a few hours, and most patients can go home the same day.

Dr Begley’s Approach to Pacemaker Surgery

Dr Begley offers a patient-centric approach to pacemaker surgery. Understanding that each patient’s needs are unique, Dr Begley ensures each patient has a full understanding of the procedure and the benefits that come with it, as well as any potential issues.

Post-Operative Care and Recovery

After pacemaker surgery, patients receive detailed instructions for recovery and care of the incision site. It’s normal to experience some discomfort or swelling, but severe pain is uncommon. Patients may want to limit activities and arm movements to ensure the device remains secure while the site heals.

Living with a pacemaker involves regular check-ups to ensure the device functions correctly and the battery life is sufficient. Most pacemakers can last between 5 to 15 years, depending on usage. Patients should also carry a pacemaker identification card and inform medical personnel about their device, as it may affect treatment choices for unrelated medical issues.

Appointments for Pacemaker Surgery Cambridge

David Begley is a highly experienced cardiologist who regularly fits pacemakers to help patients manage their heart rhythm. Patients can also book in for their regular check-ups to ensure their pacemaker functionality and rely upon Dr Begley’s expertise in managing their condition. Book an appointment today.