Preparing for Your Visit

What to Expect During a Defibrillator or Pacemaker Implant

Registration

  • 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 procedure will take about two hours. You will stay overnight for observation.
  • 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 correcting an abnormal heartbeat.
  • The incision will be closed with stitches
  • You will need to designate a driver to bring you home the next morning.
  • A week after surgery the stitches will be removed.

Locations and directions

NSMC Salem Hospital (in the Cath Lab on Phippen 5)