Did Any Other Women Have This Issue?
Hi everyone! In June 2020, I had two ICD surgeries in two days. Within hours of the first surgery, I could feel the ICD in my breast, far from the incision area. I told the nurses, but they dismissed my concerns. Then it started beeping. No one could explain why, and I'm concerned it's going to deliver a shock. I insisted on a chest x-ray, which was performed the next morning. The x-ray confirmed my suspicions: the ICD lead snapped and dragged the device down into the middle of my left breast. The repair surgery was scheduled for the following day. When I asked why the lead broke, the cardiology physician assistant told me that it was because my large breasts broke it, and since my ICD wasn't enclosed in a pouch, that's why it fell so soon after surgery. It was the broken lead that caused the beeping.
When I was in the operating theater, my chest size should have been obvious. In my opinion, the surgeon made the lead too tight, and failed to enclose the ICD in a pouch. This is my first ICD; has anyone else had this experience?