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Implant Procedure

Prepare for Your Implantable Defibrillator Procedure

Once the type of defibrillator is chosen, your next step is having an implantable defibrillator procedure performed. You may have questions about the procedure, including what’s involved, how to prepare for the procedure, and what to expect from the recovery process. This section will give you answers.

Procedure Overview

Procedure Overview

The S-ICD implant surgery typically takes about one hour. An S-ICD consists of a pulse generator and an electrode, which are placed just under the skin, leaving the heart and blood vessels untouched and intact.

How to Prepare

How to Prepare

Your healthcare provider will give you specific instructions about how to prepare for your S-ICD implantation procedure. Be sure to follow these instructions carefully.

Recovery Process

Recovery Process

In most cases, a person who has had an S-ICD implanted is able to leave the hospital the next day. Full recovery from the defibrillator implant procedure usually takes about 4-6 weeks.

Find a Doctor

Find a doctor.

An S-ICD is a defibrillator implanted subcutaneously without leads touching the heart. Use the hospital locator tool to find S-ICD follow up centres and physicians trained in the S-ICD technology.

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Patient Stories

Meet real patients as they share their stories about living with an S-ICD.

Questions for Your Doctor: Procedure

Have a better idea about what to expect from your implantable defibrillator procedure and recovery. Bring along this set of questions on your next doctor’s appointment.


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