I learned of a new medical speciality. Clark reported his new pacemaker to Sutter Health online and he received a phone call Monday from the Electrophysiology Dept. We went to an appt yesterday afternoon with a nurse in the department. The nurse called in Jonathan Man, MD, an eclectrophysiologist whose specialty is heart rhythm and putting in pacemakers. They removed the stitch which was was still in the hole in the groin through which the pacemaker was inserted. Dr. Man says that this stitch is normally removed the day after the incision. … somehow Clark got dismissed from the Monterey hospital without its removal.
A technician also tested the pacemaker and found that it was operating properly. They gave Clark a Recorder put out by Medtronic, the pacemaker company. Clark is to leave the Recorder plugged in, and every 3 months send an electronic report to Dr. Ericson, Clark’s cardiologist. … Modern technology!