Sicd surgery

I had a cardiac arrest in June woke up 3 weeks later in hospital.  Stayed another 5 weeks in icu and therapy, came home aug 23. Scheduled bypass for mid oct to fix 2 100% blockages but heart not coming back to full power so sicd placement scheduled.  I am very fearful of the surgery - I know it’s not a huge deal compared to Cabg but see,s like I am waiting for something to go wrong.  How is the icd surgery-should I be worried?


Piece of cake

by AgentX86 - 2020-01-12 20:18:49

Compared to a CABG, a PM implant is a walk in the park, on a beautiful spring day with an beautiful woman on each arm (BTDB). An S-ICD implant sounds even simpler as no catheterization, venous puncture, or elecrode implant in the heart muscle is necessary.  With your 100% blockages, it doesn't seem like a complete answer though.  Perhaps it's not intended to be and is just a temporary measure until you're strong enough for a CABG.

thank you

by Mgcgeg - 2020-01-12 20:25:20

Cabg done in oct so plumbing fixed but scarring not allowing the heart to get over 35 Ef yet

Ah, misunderstood

by AgentX86 - 2020-01-12 21:20:39

With a low LVEF, I'm surprised they're not doing an intravenous CRT-D.  I wonder why the S-ICD?  Your EP/cardiologist knows more than I and I'd like to learn something here.  Perhaps you can teach us something.

It's still a walk in the park.  There can be complications but they're very rare. Since you won't have leads into the heart, the most common serious complication (infection) won't be a major problem, even if the gods are working against you.

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