How do you relieve pain from implantable cardioverter defibrillator surgery?

Pain and AICD. Post-operative pain is normal but should not be excessive. First, what is the cause of the pain? If the surgical site is red, swollen, or oozing fluid, contact the implanting physician immediately. The problem could be serious.
Tylenol (acetaminophen) It will improve over time- it is uncomfortable because it is quite a large device under the skin, but your body will get use to it. Until then just tylenol, (acetaminophen) and perhaps advil if you can tolerate it. Good luck.

Related Questions

What happens during surgery of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator?

AICD Surgery. Aicd or automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator surgery is done under deep sedation anesthesia. Chest veins are entered and two or three leads are placed into the heart in the right venticle & atrium, and coronary sinus. The leads are connected to the aicd pacemaker and placed under the skin in your chest. The device is checked to be certain that it will function if a rhythm problem. Read more...
Sedation. The patient is sedated or anesthetized. Incision is made. Venous access is done. Needle, introducers, and wires are passed to proper position with fluoroscopic - xray control and tested electronically. Then a device nice - the aicd is attached. The wound is closed. Read more...

Is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator removed in heart bypass surgery?

No. The defib. Device is implatnted in the inner chambers of the heart and bypass is on the out side of the heart where the coronary arteries lie.Unless theres another reason to remove the device ie an infection the device is left in. Read more...
Nope. We just turn it off so it doesn't go off during the case from cautery noise. Read more...

I can't decide: implantable cardioverter defibrillator or heart bypass surgery?

Specialist Needed. This is a type of question you should take up with a physician who specializes in heart disease. There is no answer applicable to the general population. The ansewr to this question must be individualized to you and your circumstances. Read more...
Different things. Bypass surgery (CABG) treats the blockages in the heart vessels, while the defibrillator (icd) treats dangerous heart beats such as ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation. A person may need both, depending on their medical condition. Read more...

What can be done for implantable cardioverter defibrillator versus heart bypass surgery?

Different indication. Aicd for arrhythmias and ventricular tachycardia and does not revascularize. Bypass for coronary blockage (which can have arrhythmias) to improve circulation and sometimes stops arrhythmias induced by ischemia- low flow. Read more...

What patients need an implantable cardioverter defibrillator?

Ventricular Arrhythm. Patients that have dangerous arrhythmias such as ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation are the usual candidates for an implanted cardio-verter defibrillator or icd. Read more...
VT/VF, certain other. In addition to preventing dangerous ventricular arrhythmias (which can cause sudden cardiac death) in people who have had these, in certain select cases cardioverter defibrillators have use for prevention of these heart rhythms in people who are at high risk for them. This can include certain cardiomyopathies, also some cases of congestive heart failure (combined with a biventricular pacemaker). Read more...

What are the risks are associated with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator?

AICD. First of, this is a life saving device for individuals needing one! as this is inserted using surgical techniques, risks associated are bleeding, infection etc... Once implanted the device or leads can malfunction or administer an inappropriate shock etc.. Bottom line: very high benefit (stay alive), low risk. Read more...
Tiny risk. An icd is indicated for people who are judged to be at significant risk for sudden cardiac death. Not implanting an icd in this context confers a far higher risk than the procedure which, itself, is a relatively simple and low risk minor operation done with sedation and local anesthetic. There are small risks of bleeding, blood clot and infection. Read more...

What is the morbidity rate for people with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator?

Short vs Long Term. Device insertion is very safe, with estimated 2% risk of complications (bleeding, infection). Depending on the person's age and health status, they may have the defibrillator for many years. There is a low risk of infection of device in future (rough estimates of this are single digit to 10%), and risk of getting inappropriate shocks from the device (causing anxiety) is in this rough range as well. Read more...
Minimal. About 1% or less -- the morbidity is more from the heart disease and others but not from having an icd implanted. Read more...