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Pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) replacement is surgery to put a new heart device in your chest. The battery in your new device is fully charged. It should last for several years. Your doctor may have also replaced the wires (leads) from the device to your heart, if needed.
Your chest may be sore where the doctor made the cut (incision) and put in the device. You also may have a bruise and mild swelling. These symptoms usually get better in 1 to 2 weeks. You may feel a hard ridge along the incision. This usually gets softer in the months after surgery. You may be able to see or feel the outline of the device under your skin.
You will probably be able to go back to work or your usual routine within 1 week after surgery. It may take as long as 2 weeks if your leads were also replaced.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
Adaptation Date: 5/5/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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