A small incision, approximately 5cm long, is made in your upper chest. One or two leads will be guided through a vein into your heart.

The doctor will then connect the lead(s) to the device and program it. Then the pacemaker or defibrillator will be inserted under your skin, and the incision in your chest is closed.

Your doctor will test the pacemaker to ensure it’s working properly.

Once the surgery is finished, the wound is dressed. You‘ll be taken to the recovery room or straight into the intensive care ward. There, your vital signs (blood pressure, pulse and breathing) will be monitored to ensure they’re stable. Once you’re awake and alert, you’ll be transferred to the ward.

After surgery

Your hospital stay and recovery.


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