Before surgery, be placed on a hospital gown and remove all jewelry and watches.
The most common location to place the pulse generator of the CDI is under the left collarbone. Will be shaved and cleaned skin in this area and put in a local anesthesia. If you need more than a local anesthetic to feel comfortable, your doctor may use conscious sedation, a form of anesthesia that allows you to stay awake and pain during surgery.
I made a small incision in the area numb your collarbone. Then made a small incision in a vein (called the cephalic vein) under your collarbone. The vein is used as a corridor to pass the CDI electrodes to his heart. Some models of CDI using an electrode, while others use more.
The doctor will insert the electrodes into the cephalic vein and guided into your heart. Radiograph confirmed that the electrodes are positioned correctly. The electrode wires will be connected to the pulse generator, which is then lodged near his collarbone. Your doctor will test the CDI to make sure it works properly. To do this, the doctor will trigger cardiac arrhythmias, and then observe how it responds to the CDI. During this part of the surgery, you will receive general anesthesia to allow you to sleep during the trials of CDI.
Once the doctor is sure that the CDI is working properly, close the incision with stitches (sutures) or surgical staples. All intervention usually takes between one to two hours.
After surgery, the medical team will monitor your condition closely. During this time, your doctor may use a portable magnetic tool to make adjustments in your CDI program. Over the next few days, you will be given antibiotics to help prevent infection. If all goes well, your hospital stay will be brief.
Before leaving the hospital, you will receive instructions on safe recovery. In particular, you should avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous arm movements for several weeks. These activities can displace or change the position of the electrodes of the CDI in its heart.
Receive information on driving restrictions and to participate in contact sports. Your doctor will tell you how to reduce the risk of electromagnetic interference, which may affect the scheduling and performance of the CDI. This interference can come from anti-theft devices, surveillance equipment, cell phones, welding equipment and hospital equipment, such as nuclear magnetic resonance equipment.
Before leaving home, your doctor will provide information on the make and model of CDI. Print this information on an identification card and take it with you. You can also use a necklace or medical alert bracelet that identifies you as a person with an ICD.