Pacemaker surgery

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Pacemaker surgery is required to put a pacemaker in a child. Learn about what a pacemaker is, how the surgery is done and what happens after surgery.

Key points

  • A pacemaker is a small device that uses electrical impulses to control the speed and rhythm of your child's heartbeat. Your child will have an operation to implant the pacemaker.
  • Your child will need to stay in hospital for a few days after the operation.
  • Members of your child's health-care team will teach you about the pacemaker and what to watch for.
  • Your child will need regular follow-up appointments to make sure the pacemaker is working well.
Last updated: November 10th 2009