Gordon needs a pacemaker difibulator placed in his chest. We went to his appointment in Augusta,GA. today. We asked alot of questions of course, one of them was about Metal detecting after surgery. Dr told us Gordon will have to give up the hobby and cannot be around the detectors due to the Magnetic field, Can this be true?? how much of a magnetic field does a metal detector have? I feel like it is the end of the world. I am crushed, if this is the case. Does anybody know? Is there one detector that does not give off more than another? Could he be wrong. Please help.
Gordon and I do this as a couple and I feel if he cannot detect I will give up the hobby too. We truly love to metal detect, But Gordons life depends on this surgery. Thanks in advance for any help you can give us.
I'm looking for an excuse to talk to Garrett about my ACE anyway but I don't want to interfere with what you're doing for G.G. Mind if I call Garrett's in the AM and talk to them about possible interference with defibs or had you already planned to do that?
GG_ Just to give you some hope while waiting on an answer, here's a couple options so don't fear all is lost.
Maybe you could operate the MD with Gordon at a safe distance, pinpoint & turn-off the detector, let him handle the recovery.
Also, of it's a matter of alittle distance between Gordon & the coil.....maybe we can come-up with an extended shaft that will keep him a safe distance from the coil (if that's the end of the machine causing any problem.
A guy I work with has one & it takes a large field to mess with his. such as a wielder or power transformer. He has used my detector in his yard to find property pins without any problem. When he checks his pacemaker via phone with the doctor he has a 5lb magnet that he holds up to his chest to cause his heart to race. Hope this helps. Please be sure to check with a professional to be sure though!:smile:
G.G. my dad had a pace maker and he detected all the time, and the info Pappy provided also says ok, but maybe not all pace makers are the same, I would get second opinion from another Dr.! I hope Gordie stays well and can detect! Please keep us posted thanks!
Thank you all for your help, I was just defastated when w left the Drs. office and Gordon was saying what he don't know............ But now we have a glimmer of hope. I am sooo happy to have all of you. thanks:wave:
Hi GG,I would get a second opinon as BDA said your dr.probably dont have a clue about metal detectors. I dont think it should be a problem.I know of one person that found a pretty large treasure that has a pacemaker and he detected all the time.He said that when he found his treasure that his heart was pounding pretty bad and had him worried but i dont think it was because of the detector ! :icon_wink One thing you might want to concider looking into is what the procedure would be when someone with a pacemaker has to pass through a metal detector at an airport.And if that type detector would be the same as one that we would use.It's not like your going to be getting that close to the coil.
Anti-theft systems, also called electronic article surveillance (EAS) and metal detectors —Interactions with EAS systems and metal detectors are unlikely to cause clinically significant symptoms in most patients. However, the American Heart Association recommends that you:
Be aware that EAS systems may be hidden/camouflaged in entrances and exits in many commercial establishments.
Don't stay near the EAS system or metal detector longer than is necessary and don't lean against the system.
If scanning with a hand-held metal detector is necessary, warn the security personnel that you have an electronic medical device and ask them not to hold the metal detector near the device any longer than is absolutely necessary. You could also ask for an alternative form of personal search.