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  • Loutinmanswife
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    Hi All
    Two weeks post op Generator Change, Blood Pressure still low but feeling good, starting back walking this week. Thanks for all your advice and encouragement. It helps ALOT!!!

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  • Linda
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    Best wishes for the upcoming procedure. The second time around is usually much easier, hoping the same for you. Please keep us posted, Linda

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  • Loutinmanswife
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    ICD Replacement recovery

    Hi everyone
    Had EP appointment today for pre-op, I'm having Marquis replaced on Tuesday, 4/12. First they said it was day surgery, today they told me its 1 night stay. I don't know who is covering the costs but I'm hoping if I need to stay they will not hesitate to keep me. They also said the recovery (if there are no complications of course) should be much easier that the 1st surgery, I sure hope so because that was no piece of cake. Tying not to worry LOL :P

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  • Reenie
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    Are you pacer dependent? YOu may be able to hold off with replacing the device. Contact the EP and they will hook you up with a magnet to check the device daily. If you aren't pacer dependent, you can do the daily check for a while.

    Reenie

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  • Loutinmanswife
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    Advisory from Medtronic

    I have just been notified that my serial number matched the Medtronic list of Marquis DR that have been reportedly shorting out. WHAT NEXT, ANOTHER DECISION quick, FELING A LITTLE STRESSED.

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  • Pam Alexson
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    Good luck to your daughter Madeline( love her name) as she prepares for her replacement devise. Hope all goes smoothly.

    Pam

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  • Terri
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    Medtronic

    We talked a second time with my daughter's EP today. Tomorrow we call to schedule the surgery for replacement. Her Marquis was implanted in September 2002. Madeline is 15 years old and not a happy camper. Our doctor said the replacement was done on an outpatient basis and she should be back at school in just a few days. Seems hard to believe. Especially since her device is implanted subpectorally. Does anyone know if this is true. I also heard from Medtronic that they replace the device for free but that the costs of surgery are borne by our insurance company. That doesn't seem right.

    Terri

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  • heather
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    We're doing okay. I'm teaching school. I went back last year. It's been hard not being a full time mom anymore. Hunter is in 1st grade and Cade is in his 2nd year at preschool. We went Friday for an orthopedic appt. for Hunter, since he has mild CP in his lower extremities and the dr. wants to do surgery this summer on his hips, hamstrings, and heel cords. I'm dreading this so bad, because he will be out of commission all summer and will just be learning to walk again when school starts. Most people I talk to say it's a beneficial surgery for his condition, but you know, as a mom, I worry about making the right decision. So, I'm kind of bummed about all of that right now and about my deal. I think I'm going to try and get my AICD replaced over spring break so that I can be fully healed by this summer if he has to have anything done.

    How are you and your little one? How old is he now? We've kinda lost track of each other. Life is busy, busy.......

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  • Cynaburst
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    Mine is a Marquis DR.

    The notice was for Marquis specifically manufactured prior to 12/03.

    How are you and your boys, anyway?

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  • heather
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    Cynthia,

    What type of device do you have? Mine is a GEM III and they say it isn't affected by this, but I just find it hard to believe that my battery was full 7 mos. ago and now is almost depleted.......

    Heather

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  • Cynaburst
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    I just got home from the EP. I had had an appointment previously scheduled with my EP about something totally unrelated. When i arrived I was whisked in to be interrogated by the Medtronic rep.

    She told me that the devices aren't being recalled, but it is a field investigation, or some such thing. She interrogated my device, which was fine, and told me what had happened to the people whose batteries had run down. She told me that if I felt anything weird, or felt a warm feeling in my pocket that felt unusual, to get straight to the EP. She said it had happened to 1/2% of the total devices implanted, but it could affect up to 1 1/2%.

    She also told me that they are figuring out how to best manage the situation. Medtronic will work with people to cover any additional costs of monitoring and/or replacement if necessary because of this problem.

    That's all I really know. She told me to stay in touch with my E.P. if I have any problems or questions. So far, though, noone is mentioning replacement.

    I am going in to the hospital in a couple of weeks to start Norpace, so I suppose I will be closely monitored for a while anyway.

    That's it for now.

    Cynthia

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  • Reenie
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    I'm glad you got a few questions answered. Good luck!

    Reenie

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  • heather
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    Talked to Medtronic

    Well, they said my device isn't included in the faulty battery suit, but they want the drs. to send it to them after they replace it and they will interrogate it and see what was going on. They also said it's also definitely w/in warranty limits, so they'll pay for all of my out of pocket expenses. I think I'm going to schedule my replacement for the last week of March, which is our spring break, because my son has to have surgery this summer on his legs, so I want to be totally back in commission by then, to help him get around. Thanks for listening!

    Heather-32-HCM

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