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Does getting an ICD require surgery?

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You’ll need minor surgery to have an ICD implanted under your skin. It takes just a few hours. Most people who get ICDs are awake during the procedure. In these cases, the surgeon will use a numbing medication and a sedative to make you feel relaxed. Sometimes, you will get general anesthesia and not be awake.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator?”

Mayo Clinic: “Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs)”

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: “Pacemakers and Defibrillators: Frequently Asked Questions”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator?”

Mayo Clinic: “Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs)”

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: “Pacemakers and Defibrillators: Frequently Asked Questions”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

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