After the procedure, patients will be admitted to a monitored unit
for overnight observation. A nurse will monitor vital signs for a
specified period. Patients will be instructed not to move the arm on
the side of the implant. This gives the lead time to stabilize in the
vein and heart. If patients feel soreness after this procedure, notify
the nurse who will give you medication to make you more comfortable.
Patients should immediately notify the nurse if they feel any chest
pain or tightness, or any other pain at the incision site.
After the specified period of bed rest has been completed, patients
may get out of bed. The nurse will assist patients the first time they
get up, and will check their blood pressure while lying in bed,
sitting, and standing. Patients should move slowly when getting up
from the bed to avoid any dizziness from the period of bedrest.
Patients will be able to eat or drink once completely awake. The
insertion site may be sore or painful, but pain medication may be
administered if needed.
The doctor will visit with patients in their room while recovering.
The doctor will give specific instructions and answer any questions.
Once blood pressure, pulse, and breathing are stable and patients
are alert, they will be taken to their hospital room or discharged
home. Patients are reassured that the defibrillator will not harm
others even if it should fire while the patient is touching someone
else. Patients should arrange to have someone drive home from the
hospital following the procedure.