Visibility of an ICD/ pacemaker

I’m now 4 weeks post op and now the swelling has all but gone the implant is quite visible and shows even when wearing a fitted t shirt.

I’m an athletic build,  not particularly skinny. I was wondering does the implant sink more into the chest/ muscle as time goes on ? 


Not Like;ly !!

by MartyP - 2019-08-13 17:42:34

If there is swelling that will go down, but the "lump" that's saving your life will be a constant reminder that you are alive and survived.

Mine is called "Sparky", give yours a name as well !!

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Four weeks isn't a lot of time

by AgentX86 - 2019-08-13 21:44:50

The swelling still may have a way to go but it is what it is.  Mine actually became more obvious as the swelling went down.  Its leads are clearly visible now. I'm with Marty, though.  I'd miss it, now, if it weren't there.  ...but not for long. 

how it looks

by Tracey_E - 2019-08-14 10:01:12

I found it takes a good 6 months to a year for it to fully settle in and be as flat as it's going to get. Some people always have a lump, for others it settles in and gets virtually invisible.

Pacemaker visibility

by bobrichards55 - 2019-08-15 12:02:33

I am also not happy with how visible my pacemaker is.  I have had mine about a year and a half and the outline, especially the bottom is quite visible.  It was explained to me that it is located on top of the chest muscle, so nothing you do will make it disappear.  Earlier on I joked during a checkup that I should do more chest workouts to help make it less obvious and was told that this would not work, only putting on fat in the area; not a great solution.

Just one of the things we must live with I guess.


by Piggers365 - 2019-08-15 12:37:06

Thanks guys as always, 

Bob, I guess we just have to accept we look like a distorted version of Iron man ;-)

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