Implantable Devices

How do I take care of the incision site after a pacemaker or ICD implant?

Remove the dressing over the pacemaker the morning after discharge.     * Shower as usual the morning after discharge.     * Don’t scrub the incision area, just wash gently with soap, rinse and pat dry with a clean towel (do not rub).     * Avoid submerging your wound in a bathtub, swimming pool or Jacuzzi for 6 weeks.     * Some discomfort such as mild redness, itching and swelling may occur. These symptoms are part of the normal healing process. Don’t scratch the wound if it starts to itch.     * Protect your incision area from excessive sunlight.     * Do not wear tight or restrictive clothing that puts pressure on the incision or pacemaker. Call us for any sign of Infection     * Significant redness, heat, swelling or severe pain.     * Fever of 100 degrees or higher.     * White, yellow, or greenish discharge from the wound or significant bleeding.     * Opening of the wound.     * Discomfort related to the wound should decrease every day.

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When can I start playing golf or tennis after my pacemaker/ICD implant?

You should avoid playing golf / tennis for atleast 6 weeks after a pacemaker or defibrillator implant.

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Bathing/Shower after pacemaker or defibrillator implant

Shower as usual the morning after discharge. Don’t scrub the incision area, just wash gently with soap, rinse and pat dry with a clean towel (do not rub). Avoid submerging your wound in a bathtub, swimming pool or Jacuzzi for 6 weeks.

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