Surgery is required to implant the pacemaker, but it is a less invasive surgery than other heart surgeries like open heart surgery which requires the chest to be completely opened.
In the surgical procedure, the patient is given a local anesthesia to numb the chest area and, if needed, a mild sedative to relax. Once the chest area is scrubbed, an incision is made and the wires that attached the device to the heart are inserted and attached to the heart. Then, the pacemaker is inserted under the skin. The wires are connected to the pacemaker and the pacemaker is tested to make sure it’s all in working order. The incision is closed and the patient is awakened.
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