What is the recovery time for a defibrillator implant?

The time needed to fully recover after undergoing a defibrillator implantation procedure is usually four to six 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 one day.

Sometimes, the implantation procedure would involve surgery under general anesthesia.

In such cases, the hospital recovery time would extend up to five 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.

You can live a long life with an implanted defibrillator

ICDs prevent premature death. Studies show that for patients who meet the criteria for implantation, survival is increased for those with ICDs as opposed to those without one.

Usually, you are able to lead a normal life with this device. An ICD generally lasts 5 to 7 years after the implantation. Individuals with hereditary heart disease can use ICDs for much longer since they are generally younger at the time of implantation.

Due to advances in technology, the chances that machines could interfere with your ICD have reduced. Even so, you should take some precautions with your device, and your doctor may check it several times a year.

Eventually, you will need a surgical replacement procedure for your battery or ICD. The new surgery is less involved than the original one, and your healthcare provider should explain it to you.


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