Skip to main content
S-ICD box change

Patient Experience

Recovering and sleeping on my left side

There are nicer things I could be doing, but the change-out of the S-ICD battery turned out far better than expected. Because my surgery was scheduled at the end of the day, I had to stay in the hospital for one night. Otherwise I could have gone home the same day! 

After my first S-ICD implantation I had to take it easy once I returned home because of the discomfort. I spent the first few days mainly in my bed, but this time I stroll around the house. I’m having a nice cup of coffee and I sit on the sofa, feeling relaxed. My wife asks me whether I wouldn’t rather stay in bed, and tells me not to put on a brave face as if nothing is bothering me. But honestly, I don’t feel the slightest urge to hit the sack. I am pleasantly surprised with the way I spend my first day. 

I am even more relieved when I wake up on Day 2 and realize that I’ve had a perfect night’s sleep! If you take into account that the first few days can be pretty intense (which was the case after the first implantation), this comes as a very pleasant surprise. I can tell you that much! 

Mind you, a few days before the operation I tripped on the staircase and badly hit my toe. A few hours before the change-out I had an X-ray just to be sure, because I was in the hospital anyway ☺. And lo and behold… a broken toe! I can tell you that that broken toe has caused me a lot more discomfort than the scar of the new S-ICD! 

The next milestone in the recovery will follow within two weeks: sleeping on my left side. Anyone with an S-ICD knows what I am talking about. After the first S-ICD implantation it took several weeks before I could sleep on my left side (“on my S-ICD”) again. That makes sense, because space had to be created subcutaneously for the S-ICD. That is not necessary when changing out the S-ICD, because the space is already there, so the cardiologist only needs to make an incision to change the S-ICD. That makes all the difference, because within two weeks I’m sleeping on my left side again now. If they had told me beforehand, I wouldn’t have believed them. 

My sister and my cousin, who also have had their S-ICD’s changed by now, have the same experience. Minimal discomfort and a surprisingly fast recovery. What a relief! 



The law restricts these devices to sale by or on the order of a physician. Indications, contraindications, warnings and instructions for use can be found in the product labelling supplied with each device. Information for the use only in countries with applicable health authority product registrations.Content of this website is for Information Purposes only and not meant for product promotion or medical diagnostic. This information does not constitute medical or legal advice, and Boston Scientific makes no representation or warranty regarding this information or its completeness, accuracy or timeliness.
Accordingly, Boston Scientific strongly recommends that you consult with your physician on all matters pertaining to your health or to address any questions.