Heart Pacemaker Surgery in Iran: All You Need To Know
Some people have irregular heartbeats; their hearts beat either faster or slower than regular. This condition requires a method to control the irregular heartbeats by means of a heart pacemaker surgery.
What is heart pacemaker surgery?
It is a surgical cardiovascular procedure performed for implanting a device under the skin near the heart to control the irregular heartbeats.
When is heart pacemaker surgery needed?
There are several conditions that require a heart pacemaker surgery such as:
- Heart block
- Cardiac arrest
What are the symptoms of having irregular heartbeats?
The symptoms of having irregular heartbeats include:
- Labored breathing
- Causing harm to some of the vital signs in the body
Eventually, if not treated, irregular heartbeats might lead to death.
Medical tests before the heart pacemaker surgery
To ensure that the heart pacemaker surgery is the best solution for you, there are several tests that should be done before the surgery:
- Echocardiogram: measuring the size and thickness of the heart muscles via sound waves.
- Electrocardiogram: measuring the electrical signals of the heart by sensors placed on the skin.
- Holter monitoring: a device that is worn to track the heartbeat pace for 24 hours.
- Stress test: to check your heartbeat during exercises.
The doctor’s instructions about how to prepare for the surgery
There are several instructions that you should follow, such as:
- Do not eat or drink from the night before the surgery.
- If you are on any kind of medication, inform the doctor.
- Alcohol and cigarettes are bad for your health and they might interact with the anesthesia and cause allergy to the body, so you have to stop them for a period before the surgery.
- Follow the doctor’s instructions precisely.
- If you have allergies towards any type of medication, you must tell the doctor.
How is heart pacemaker surgery performed?
The surgery takes about two hours long. It is performed under local anesthesia, which means that the patient will be awake during the operation.
The surgeon makes an incision in the shoulder. A small wire will be dragged through the incision to the vein near the collarbone and afterwards to the heart.
Through the process, the surgeons will be using an X-ray machine for guidance.
After that, the surgeon attaches an electrode and a pulse generator that contains a battery and an electrical circuit.
What to expect after heart pacemaker surgery?
Heart pacemaker surgery recovery time is divided into hospital care and home care.
After the surgery, the patient will be put under observation for a while to check on his/her condition. After that, he/she will be taken to a hospital room.
A nurse will regularly check on the patient and give him/her medicine and sedatives to control the pain of surgery.
Eating and drinking are permitted after the patient is completely awake after surgery.
Once your state is stable, the patient can be discharged from hospital care.
It is necessary that the patient have someone drive him/her home.
The doctor will give you instructions about how to take care of yourself at home, including:
- No pulling or lifting is allowed for a couple of weeks.
- Decrease the movement of your arm in order not to affect the place of surgery.
- The place of surgery must be cleaned and sanitized regularly.
- The doctor will give you instructions about showering, driving, and more other things.
Heart pacemaker surgery risks and complications
Every surgical procedure is accompanied by some risk factors or complications. Heart pacemaker surgery complications result from the surgical installments. These complications include:
- Bleeding or other drainage fluids
- Allergies from anesthesia
- Chest pain
- Swells and redness
- Fever or chills
- Infections around the insertion site
- Distortions in the blood vessels or veins
- A collapsed lung (rare)
- A punctured heart (rare)
Heart pacemaker and sex
Many people have concerns about the ability to have sex after heart pacemaker placement. It is worth to note that after heart pacemaker placement, the patient undergoes an exercise test, whose results inform the doctor with the increase rate of the patient’s heart rhythm while exercising. This information is included in the heart pacemaker programming, and since the heartbeat increase rate while having sex is similar to that increase while exercising, it is usually safe to have sex after heart pacemaker surgery.
However, it is recommended to avoid sex for a week after the surgery and to avoid supporting your weight on your arm during the recovery period.
Heart pacemaker and pregnancy
Many women with pacemaker placed to control their heartbeat rates have successfully had children without considerable complications due to their conditions. This suggests that placing a heart pacemaker does not affect the ability to have children, especially with advanced programmable heart pacemakers.
The cost of heart pacemaker surgery in Iran
Even though surgeries in Iran are performed by professional surgeons, the costs of medical surgeries, especially heart pacemaker surgery, In Iran are reasonable compared to the costs of the same surgery in other countries.
The cost of heart pacemaker surgery in Iran is about $15,000, while the cost of heart pacemaker surgery in America varies between $25,000 and $57,000.
How to arrange for your heart pacemaker surgery in Iran?
There are many medical and tourism service providers in Iran. However, AriaMedTour is the best one. Here is why:
AriaMedTour arranges your whole trip for you. The free online consultation provides you with all the information you need. At the airport, your assigned assistant/interpreter will be waiting for your arrival to welcome you and take you to the hotel room they had booked for you earlier. This assistant will accompany you during your medical trip. He/she can also take you sightseeing in the city.
AriaMedTour deals with a group of elite Iranian surgeons who are well practiced and experienced. All that and more of other services are provided for you with reasonable prices.
With AriaMedTour, you do not have to worry about anything. Just fill the form at the end of this page requesting information on having heart pacemaker surgery in Iran or throw us a message on WhatsApp, and our specialized coordinators will be back to you as soon as possible.