If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ in HCMA Announcements. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. Your Participation in this message board is strictly voluntary. Information and comments on the message board do not necessarily reflect the feelings, opinions, or positions of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association. At no time should participants to this board substitute information within for individual medical advice. The Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association shall not be liable for any information provided herein. All participants in this board should conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner. Failure to do so will result in suspension or termination. The moderators of the message board working with the HCMA will be responsible for notifying participants if they have violated the rules of conduct for the board. Moderators or HCMA staff may edit any post to ensure it conforms with the rules of the board or may delete it. This community is welcoming to all those with HCM we ask that you remember each user comes to the board with information and a point of view that may differ from that which you hold, respect is critical, please post respectfully. Thank you


No announcement yet.

I am home after my implant


About the Author


Cynaburst Find out more about Cynaburst
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • I am home after my implant

    Well, I made it. I am now the proud new owner of a Medtronic Marquis.

    My surgery was scheduled for 8:30 a.m., and I had my last food and drink at 8:00 p.m. I got to the hospital at 5:30 a.m. and then I didn't have my surgery until 6:00 P.M.!!!!!!!!!!!! That sucked! The device was placed by an EP doctor and a heart surgeon. The surgeon got called on to do an emergency bypass first, and then, instead of doing me next, I was done after 2 other ICD procedures.

    However, once I was out of surgery, everything went great. The hospital staff was great, and my incision isn't really all that painful. They even let me go home only 14 hours after the procedure because I was doing so well.

    They went in through my armpit and the device is under the muscle above my left breast near to the armpit. I snuck a peak this morning, and you can really barely even see the device, even with the swelling.

    Thanks everyone for your good wishes and support.

    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.

  • #2
    I'm so glad you're doing well. Keep us posted. And remember, don't pick your kids up and don't lift your left arm over your head for a while.

    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


    • #3

      So glad to hear that things went well for you! Stay healthy
      HOCM, Septal Myectomy 10/02 (Mayo Clinic), Medtronic ICD 10/07, TIA 10/07


      • #4

        Good for you Cynthia! I have the Marquis too. So far so good. May your recovery be as uneventful as the procedure!
        God Squad co-moderator
        Nothing is as gentle as strength and nothing is as strong as gentleness


        • #5
          You made my day!
          I am so glad all went well...it was not a typical preimplant process for you...TOO many "other" issues to deal with. I am truely impressed with your drive, fight and love of life!
          Best wishes,
          Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
          YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

          Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
          lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
          Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
          Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
          Currently not obstructed
          Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)