During biventricular pacemaker surgery, a compact generator is placed just under the skin in the upper chest. Electrical wires are then threaded through a vein to both ventricles with the opposite ends attached to the generator. The generator works by sending pulses in order to pace the heart in response to an irregular heartbeat.
Also Known As:
- Cardiac resynchronization therapy
- Heart surgery
- Pacemaker surgery
- Heart arrhythmia surgery
Conditions Treated with Biventricular Pacemaker Surgery:
Biventricular pacemaker surgery is utilized in cases of arrhythmia or a heart attack.
Non-surgical alternatives to biventricular pacemaker surgery include beta blockers, blood thinners, calcium channel blockers, digitalis and lifestyle changes. Pacemaker surgery and implantable cardioverter defibrillator surgery are surgical alternatives.
Anesthesia with Biventricular Pacemaker Surgery:
Biventricular pacemaker surgery is performed with local anesthesia and sedation.
Potential Complications from Biventricular Pacemaker Surgery:
Possible risks following biventricular pacemaker surgery include infection, soreness, bleeding, swelling, nerve damage and negative reaction to the anesthesia.
Prognosis after Biventricular Pacemaker Surgery:
The prognosis for a positive end result following biventricular pacemaker surgery is good.
Recovery from Biventricular Pacemaker Surgery:
The total recovery time for biventricular pacemaker surgery is one to two weeks.