Potential Risks & Complications of a Pacemaker
As with most surgical procedures risks and complications are rare, but possible.
- Bleeding can occur.
- There is also a risk for infection. Some infections require replacing the pacemaker and taking antibiotics.
- An unsightly or painful scar may develop.
The following risks are common to any surgical procedure. However, they are very rare for pacemaker surgery.
- The pacemaker may fail. This is highly unlikely to happen, however, it is still possible. If it happens, the pacemaker would need to be replaced.
- If leads or wires of the pacemaker come loose or lose their connections with the heart another procedure may be needed to reposition the leads.
- Injury to the heart or during the procedure is very rare.