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  • ICD implant

    I got my implant in June, my question is how far does other peoples implant stick out?. To me it looks like a hockey puck in my chest and of course everyone says that it is not noticeable, but to me it is.

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    My husband's ICD does stick out a little, but the only bothersome thing is that the bottom left corner sticks out and has thinned the skin over it. We're hoping the next ICD will be smaller and won't stick out as much. He's had to watch that area for the last 5 years for infection and to see if there is more thinning.

    Reenie
    Reenie

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

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      They can stick these implants under the muscle to avoid this. It is more recovery and more painful but that might be a good option for you the next time it needs replacing. I don't have one yet but they want to do one and told me they were going to put it under a muscle cos I didn't have much fat on my chest (sure have plenty everywhere else tho!!)

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        It varies from person to person and body type. It can take up to 3 months to stettle in- give it a little more time until you judge how it will look long term.

        Be well,
        Lisa
        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)

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