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    I've been thinking about my upcoming ICD surgery and I'm realizing that My muscles will likely atrophy somewhat during recovery. I'm wondering what kind of physical preparation can I do to speed my recovery? I should have thought about this before, since my operation is next month, but perhaps those with operations a little further out might be able to become a little more prepared.

    Any Ideas?
    HOCM diagnosed Oct 2008
    ICD Dec 2008.
    Myectomy May 4, 2009
    SCD -- Father 52, Grandfather 48, GGF -- late 30s.
    Please don't tell me you're praying for me.

  • #2
    Re: Prep for surgery

    You will be able (and should) use your arm normally while recovering because if you don't. you may get a frozen shoulder. The only thing you can't do while recovering is to raise your arm over your shoulder for about 6 weeks until the leads set.

    I wouldn't worry about it.
    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.


    • #3
      Re: Prep for surgery

      I don't think there is much you can do to prevent atrophy beforehand and since you should have fairly normal range of movement within a week or so (except for the above the head limitation) I don't think this will be a problem. If your surgery will be sub-pec there will be more soreness and a longer healing process, but I don't think you're muscles might atrophy.
      Diagnosed @ 48
      Saw Dr. Michael Debakey @ age 5 - "He's fine, just a little noisy"
      Father to 3 boys 22, 25, 29 (all currently clear - pending genetics)
      AICD - Valentines Day '08, Spark Plug replaced 11/14
      After much research, I had a Myectomy @ Mayo for my 50th Birthday '08
      Quietly going insane . . .


      • #4
        Re: Prep for surgery

        It should all go well and minimal issues recovering all your ability and muscle tone. I have had 2... starting in 2001 and in 2005. I am very strong and area did not atrophy. First one was deep pocket second was more superficial. The superficial one feels deeper now that it has been 3 years. I forget it is there.

        Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
        Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
        Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
        SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
        [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
        Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
        Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
        Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin


        • #5
          Re: Prep for surgery

          you can ask to see an OT in the hospital to discuss exercises you can do during recovery. i don't know of anything preventative. also, since your arm is healthy, it will not be hard to get back up to speed once recovery is over. it's not like having a stroke or anything is impairing the muscles.