A pacemaker generator change or battery replacement is necessary when the pacing device is at the end of its service life.

What is a pacemaker generator change?

A pacemaker generator change or battery replacement is necessary because the pacing device is at the end of its service life. The remaining lifespan of a pacemaker is determined during visits to the Pacemaker Clinic. The battery in a pacemaker does not stop suddenly but rather loses its charge slowly, which lets the cardiologist plan the replacement date. This procedure takes less than one hour.

How can I prepare for my appointment?

Do the following at least one week before your procedure:

  • Organize a ride to and from Royal Columbian Hospital or Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgical Centre, depending on where your procedure is booked. You cannot drive right after the procedure. We will tell you after the procedure when you can drive again.
  • Arrange to have someone with you at the hospital if you would like someone to help you keep track of the information we give you, or if you need help reading or speaking English.
  • Have someone stay with you for a day when you return home.

How can I prepare for my pacemaker generator replacement?

Follow these preparation steps to prepare for your pacemaker procedure. Contact your doctor or the implantable cardiac electrical devices coordinator at 1-855-529-7223 if you have any questions prior to your procedure.

What happens during a pacemaker generator replacement?

In Fraser Health, your procedure could be done either at Royal Columbian Hospital or Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre depending on the type of procedure requested.

Learn more on our implantable cardiac electrical devices page.

Resources

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