What happens after an ICD?
Created by: Team Rx.Health
Modified on: Wed, 19 Feb, 2020 at 7:08 AM
- You will be able to go home on the same day as the procedure.
- You will need someone to drive you home after the procedure.
- Your healthcare team may advise you to look for the signs of infection, bleeding or swelling at the incision site.
- Your health care team may advise you to avoid activities that strain your chest or upper arm muscles, lifting heavy weights more than 10-15 pounds, activities like pushing, pulling and twisting the arm for 2 to 3 weeks post-procedure.
- Your healthcare team may ask you to avoid strenuous activities like lifting heavy objects, vigorous above the shoulder exercises such as tennis, swimming golf and more for 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure.
- You can start eating your normal diet.
- Your doctor may advise you to avoid contact sports indefinitely as it may lead to damage to your device or dislodge the wires.
- It's safe to talk on a cellphone but avoid placing your cellphone within 6 inches (about 15 centimeters) of your mplantation site when the phone is turned on.
- After your surgery, you will receive a card that says you have an ICD as ICDs may set off airport security alarms and handheld detectors.
- MRI, MRA or radiofrequency or microwave ablation are not recommended if you have an ICD.
- Keep your headphones at least 6 inches (about 15 centimeters) from your ICD as it can interfere with your ICD.
- Your healthcare team may ask you not to drive for 6 months after the procedure.
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