What You Need to Know for Your Device Implant
Prior to the Device Implant
- You will need to provide a list of your medications to your physician.
- Don't eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your procedure.
- You may have blood drawn for the procedure.
- Your chest will be shaved and prepped.
- A nurse will start an IV (intravenous access).
- You will be asked to sign a consent form for the physician to perform the procedure.
- You will be given an antibiotic in yofur IV.
During the Device Implant
- You will lie on a table for 1-2 hours, depending on the type of device implant.
- You will be given sedative medications; during the procedure you may be awake but comfortable.
- Your heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and heart rhythm will be monitored during the procedure.
- You will be covered with a sterile drape.
- The area for the device will be numbed with local anesthetic.
- A small incision for the device is made (the pocket).
- Venous access is obtained and lead(s) are positioned in your heart.
- The device (pacemaker/ICD) is attached to the lead(s) and placed in the pocket.
- The device pocket is then closed with suture (stitches) or staples.
- A sterile dressing is applied to the incision site.
After the Device Implant
- Depending on the type of procedure, you may go home or you may spend the night in the hospital.
- Keep the incision site clean and dry.
- No heavy lifting, pushing or pulling according to discharge instructions.
- You will have specific instructions from your physician. Your nurse will provide these instructions.
- Keep your follow-up appointments with your physician.