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  • whats the surgery like?

    they are telling me to get an ICD. i've never had surgery, and the only times ive been in a hospitle was to visit someone else...it was never supposed to be me.

    so whats it like? how long were you in the hospitle? did it hurt? the thing im most scared about is the I.V.

    they say since im small it will probably show. that SUCKS but im still more worried about the actual surgery than anything else.

    i go to see dr. mazel who will be implanting mine on tuesday. he'll get me an appointment and stuff i guess...

    im way scared, it gives me a stomach ache thinking about it.
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    Re: whats the surgery like?

    Dear Janelle

    There are lots of ICD posts in the board --use the search function up top to find them.

    As long as the doctor who is doing the surgery is very experienced and has a good success rate, you don't have anything to worry about.

    take care,



    • #3
      Re: whats the surgery like?

      Dear Janelle,

      I don't have one yet, but please remember that many people will be praying that this will be much easier than you imagine and that you will be thankful that you got this.



      • #4
        Re: whats the surgery like?

        The surgery is no big deal. I was out of the hospital less than 24 hours after the surgery. If you are small, you should ask about having the ICD placed subpectorally. It protects the device more. You can't see mine at all. It also protects you some from getting the device whacked.

        The recovery was not bad at all. The worst is that you aren't supposed to raise your arm over your head for 6 weeks. The pain is really not very uncomfortable. Within a week, the pain was gone and I had to remind myself not to lift the arm.
        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.


        • #5
          Re: whats the surgery like?

          ISE2425 has a new post going with this question also. Be sure to read that one. Just be careful, and don't try to use that arm too soon, follow your instructions that the doctor gives you. I'm glad you will have that ICD protection with you. I know it's scary, but you have a lot of people behind you here. We'll be your cheerleaders now! Don't forget to take your headphone and favorite CD's with you, their a great distraction. They'll bring you through a lot of long waiting room sessions. Best wishes, and please keep us posted. Linda