Detail - A defibrillator typically is implanted in the upper chest.
Implanting an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is not an open-heart procedure. Before the surgery, medication is usually given to make you sleepy and comfortable. The procedure is often performed under local anaesthesia.
You will usually stay in the hospital overnight and go home the next day with instructions on caring for your incision. For a short time after surgery, your doctor may want you to limit how much you move the arm that is closest to the implant site.
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