Although the incidence of traditional pacemaker complications is relatively low (about 4 percent1,2,3), when complications occur, they typically happen in the pocket where the pacemaker is implanted or with the leads. In about 1 percent4,5 of patients, the pocket may become infected. In about 3 percent1,6 of patients, the leads may move out of place causing complications. Even if complications do not occur, all patients have a scar and lump where the pacemaker is implanted. In addition, research has shown that as many as 6 out of 10 patients experience reduced mobility in the shoulder region where the pacemaker is implanted.7
Nanostim leadless pacemaker
Similar to a standard pacemaker, rarely, the pacemaker may not act properly because it is being affected by outside sources of electromagnetic energy. It is also possible for the pacemaker to move from its original position in the heart that would impact the pacemaker's performance from regulating your heartbeat. This complication would require another surgery to remove the pacemaker and implant a new one. Finally, remember that these are man-made devices. It is important to monitor the device regularly with follow-up visits as often as your doctor recommends.
Talk with your doctor to understand the potential risks* and benefits of this therapy.