As scheduled I went to Liverpool Heart and Chest hospital on Monday 19th August to have my ICD implantation. Arrived at 7.50 and booked in. Had blood pressure taken, ECG, height weight etc and had a cannula put into right arm. Then given the fetching blue trousers and top to wear. Taken to theatre at 10.45 when the consultant I spoke to in April and explained everything to me was waiting with her team. Quite an intimidating surroundings, but the medical team were very friendly and did their best to make me feel comfortable. Anaesthetic applied to area of chest where device was going to be placed and sedation given via cannula.
I was awake the whole time, and apart from a bit of tugging and pulling when they were creating the pocket for the device didn’t feel any pain or discomfort. In fact it was very fascinating lying there while they did their stuff. The whole thing took just under an hour and then put on a bed and moved to Recovery where I was checked over and observed. Once they were happy moved back to Holly Suite on a chair, and then given a sandwich, pot of yogurt and a coffee for lunch.
2pm down to x-ray – at the far side of the hospital to check on leads then off to the tech people to calibrate the device then wheeled back to Holly Suite, BP taken very 30 mins, more ECG and finally doctor who did the stitching came to have a look at the wound and said once the discharge paperwork was sorted I could leave. Change back into my own clothes, cannula removed (the most painful episode of the day!) and discharged at 5pm.
The device I’ve had fitted is a Boston Scientific Resonate EL ICD DR model number D433, which accordingly to their website has a battery life of up to 16 years - bostonscientific.com/en-EU/...
Attached is a picture of the x-ray (I said I'd get one!) showing my own little paramedic
Now just got to take in easy for another 4 weeks prior to going back to hospital for them to check everything over, already have appointment for Cardio rehab assessment for 23/9/2019 so will hopefully be back in the gym in St Caths in October
For anyone considering having an ICD who is worried about the process, believe me a hospital is not a place I want to spend the day in, but I can honestly say that it was a fascinating day. I didn’t have any pain, well apart from them pulling sticky tape off my arm, the staff were helpful friendly and cheerful throughout. It’s almost 2 weeks since discharge and the wound has been no problem, the first evening the site was a little sore and hot, not really surprised at that, but apart from that, no pain at all, swelling going down and wound steadily healing up. If progress continues like this I’ve be very pleased.