What is the recovery time for a defibrillator implant?
The time needed to fully recover after undergoing a defibrillator implantation procedure is usually 4 to 6 weeks but may vary from patient to patient.
Generally, the procedure involving the implantation of a defibrillator may take nearly 1-3 hours and you will be monitored at the hospital for at least 24 hours. Therefore, your hospital stay for initial recovery will include 1 day.
Sometimes, the implantation procedure would involve surgery under general anesthesia. In such cases, the hospital recovery time would extend up to 5 days.
Depending upon your condition following the procedure, your recovery may take somewhere between a few days to a few weeks. Normally, you should be able to recover fully within 4-6 weeks. In order to allow your incision to heal, avoid activities such as heavy lifting or contacts that could result in a blow to your implant site for at least a month following the procedure. Watch out for any fever, swelling, reddish discoloration or discharge from your incision, and if you hear beep-like sounds from the device, you need to call your doctor immediately.