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Moving to the Recovery Room After Implantable Defibrillator Placement

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Presentation: Implantable Defibrillator
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At the end of the procedure, you will be transported directly to a recovery unit where you will be monitored closely.
When the numbing medicine wears off, it is common to feel some discomfort around the implant site. This is normal and expected. Pain medication can be given if needed.
After the procedure you may be aware of your new device and have the urge to touch the implant site. It is best if you resist this temptation. There is actually a condition called "twiddler's syndrome" in which the wires from the device get tangled due to excessive touching or "fiddling" with them. The site could also get infected. For these reasons, it is best not to touch the site.
In the period after your procedure, be sure to report anything that does not feel normal such as hiccups that won't go away, dizziness, or chest pain.

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