Complications from having surgery to implant your pacemaker are uncommon, but could include:

  • Infection where the pacemaker was implanted
  • Allergic reaction to the dye or anesthesia used during your procedure
  • Swelling, bruising or bleeding at the generator site, especially if you are taking blood thinners
  • Damage to your blood vessels or nerves near the pacemaker
  • Collapsed lung
  • Puncture of your heart muscle, which can lead to bleeding into the lining (pericardium) of your heart and may require emergency medical care

Life-threatening complications of pacemaker implantation are rare.

Apr. 10, 2013