It has been 3 months since my husband had his 3rd box change but the device seems to be rubbing against the skin and it leaving a permanent darkish bruise and feeling a bit uncomfortable at times.Anyone any input as to whether it is safe to use something like Arnica cream/gel when you are on anti coagulants or anything else to help with the bruising.thanks 


get it looked at

by Tracey_E - 2023-02-24 18:29:36

It should be safe to use arnica after 3 months, but I would have a professional take a look at it to check for any signs of infection. 


by Sylvia1 - 2023-02-24 18:38:20

Thanks Tracey.It's like the device has settled in its place and the edge is pushing close to the skin and just looks permanently bruised-it is not red or anything so surely not an infection after 3 months?I suppose every time you have your ICD replaced it will settle differently within your body 


by Sylvia1 - 2023-02-24 19:12:17

He hasn't knocked it at all.From a sideway angle you can see the thickness and edge of device.The EP had to 'pop the muscle' to get this device in and maybe recovery and settlement of it will take some time?


by Tracey_E - 2023-02-25 10:07:31

Sometimes they shift. Sometimes they stitch it in place but the stitch doesn't hold. If it's that close to the surface, I would have it looked at. 

And yes, infection can happen any time. Always always always be vigilant and get even the tiniest sign checked out. 

See his doctor

by Lavender - 2023-02-25 19:03:23

It's always best to call the doctor and see if they want to examine him. 


by Sylvia1 - 2023-02-26 18:27:57

Thank you for all your advice-will get checked out to be sure all okay 

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