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  • ICD Replacement, Recovery time?

    I am set for an ICD battery replacement next friday and have been told it's an outpatient procedure.I am in my early twenties and they told me I'd be home sleeping in my own bed the night of...Anyone have realistic expectations for recovery time? How long until driving, basic daily functions without the need of a sling? How much pain to expect?

    Thanks everyone!

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    Re: ICD Replacement, Recovery time?

    As long as you are not having your leads replaced, the recovery time should be minimal. I had my device replaced a few years ago on a Friday, and was back at work on Monday at a desk job. You won't have any restrictions (again, as long as you don't get new leads). My doc advised me to use my arm normally and not to use a sling so as to avoid a frozen shoulder.

    It might take another couple of weeks until you are back at the gym and not feeling any pain at all, but the recovery isn't too bad at all.
    Daughter of Father with HCM
    Diagnosed with HCM 1999.
    Full term pregnancy - Son born 11/01
    ICD implanted 2/03; generator replaced 2/2005 and 2/2012
    Myectomy 8/11/06 - Joe Dearani - Mayo Clinic.

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