Preparing for Your Visit
What to Expect During a Defibrillator or Pacemaker Implant
- NSMC Salem Hospital. Patients are pre-registered and report directly to the Cath Lab on Phippen 5.
About the Defibrillator/Pacemaker Implant Procedure
- Have a light meal the night before and don’t eat or drink anything after midnight.
- The complete procedure may take about two to three hours.
- You will stay overnight in the hospital for observation.
- You will need to designate a driver to bring you home the next morning.
- During the procedure your heart rate, blood pressure and breathing will be monitored. Local anesthesia and medication will be given to help you relax.
- A small incision will be made beneath your collarbone, and a pacemaker or ICD will be inserted through the incision.
- A pacemaker is a small, battery-operated device that sends electrical impulses to your heart. It helps your heart maintain a normal heartbeat. An internal cardiac defibrillator, or ICD, is also small, battery-operated device that sends electrical impulses that correct an abnormal heartbeat.
- The incision will be closed with stitches
- A week after surgery the stitches will be removed.
Locations and directions
NSMC Salem Hospital (in the Cath Lab on Phippen 5)