Friday, January 27, 2012

Chest Tubes/Pacemaker Wires

It is normal to have chest drainage tubes placed during your surgery. The chest tubes allow blood and fluid that form inside our chest to drain out. Usually the tubes are removed the first or second day after surgery.

Temporary pacemakers are placed in all patients. They serve as a backup to assist the heart rhythm if needed. The wires will be covered by a bandage and should not get wet. They will be removed within three to four days.

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