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The implantation is done as an outpatient procedure. Recovery is quick with patients returning to normal daily activities within a few days. Full recovery can take from several days to a few months, based on your overall health.
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Precautions include letting other medical and dental professionals know that you have an implanted S-ICD. You will need to follow up with your cardiologist regularly to monitor the device and your heart condition.
A patient is awake, but is given medication to relax and the incision site is numbed. Your cardiologist will make a small incision on the side of the chest near your armpit. Two smaller incisions are made to guide the unit into place using guide wires and a catheter. The unit is installed just under the skin – subcutaneously.
Three incisions are made – one on the side of the chest and two smaller incisions are made in the center of the chest.
Patients normally are released the same day and recover at home.
Most patients feel better after the first few days, but full recovery can take up to several months in some cases.
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