A pacemaker is implanted in your chest to regulate your heart rate and rhythm.

    Usually, pacemakers are implanted under local anesthesia (similar to the anesthesia used by a dentist to numb gums), which means that there will be minimal discomfort at the implant site, though you may feel some pressure. You will be relaxed, but awake, during surgery. The area where the doctors and nurses are working will be draped, so you won’t see anything. You will hear the doctors and nurses moving around you and they may talk during the procedure.

    It’s normal to feel apprehensive before any surgery. Remember, though, that you and your physician have decided that a pacemaker is the best treatment for your particular condition. The pacemaker should make you feel better and improve the quality of your life.

    This information is provided as an overview. If you are nervous or have any questions, discuss your concerns with your physician.