What you need to know about:

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation

Fast Fact

82%
Worth It Rating
Average Cost:
Please Enquire
Recovery Period:
1-2 days
Permanence:
5-7 years or longer
177
Doctors
Time it takes:
2-4 hours
96
Hospitals & Clinics
Reviews
Anesthetize:
General anesthesia

Check treatment prices & reviews

Overview of

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation

in Thailand

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a small battery-powered device placed in your chest to constantly monitor your heart rhythm and immediately deliver electric shocks when life-threatening arrhythmia is discovered, usually when the lower left chamber of the heart beats abnormally fast. The implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) helps normalize heart rhythm. This type of arrhythmia can lead to death due to heart attack. The implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) can also stimulate the heart when it beats too slowly. THE IMPLANTABLE CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATOR (ICD) COMPONENTS 1. A pulse generator, which is a tiny computer powered by battery. 2. One or two leads, wires that deliver electrical signals between the pulse generator and the heart. 3. Electrodes at the ends of the leads, to help deliver the signals when the device detects abnormal heart rhythms. The generator will send electrical signals to the heart to return to normal rhythm.

Goals of

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation

An implantable defibrillator is most commonly used as a part of a patient's treatment. It acts instantly if your heart rhythm changes for the worse. It treats the problem, each time it occurs. Many doctors use an ICD in combination with rhythm control medications called antiarrhythmics. The goal, in such cases, is to use medication to keep the rhythm from getting too fast and to use the ICD as a "failsafe" device to protect you if your heart rate increases dangerously despite the medication.

Price of

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation

Average Cost

Please Enquire

Price Range

Please Enquire

Pros and cons of

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation

Pros

-ICDs detect and stop abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias). The device continuously monitors your heartbeat and delivers electrical pulses to restore a normal heart rhythm when necessary.

Cons

-Risks that come with the procedure of inserting an ICD.

How It Works:

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation

You will receive intravenous fluids and medication. During the procedure your vital signs and blood pressure will be monitored. You will be given a sedative and/or anesthesia from the anesthesiologist so you are asleep during the procedure. The doctor will administer a local anesthetic before placing the leads, which are small wires, through a blood vessel, inserting them through an incision made in the skin under the collarbone. The other end of the wire will be attached to the pulse generator. Once the device has been placed, the doctor will check that it is functioning properly and will program it in accordance with your condition. The implantation of the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) takes approximately two hours.

Preparation before

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation

Pre - treatment

Please avoid food and water for at least eight hours before the procedure. ​Please let the doctor know about all medication that you are taking as some may need to be stopped before the procedure.

Recovery after

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation

Post - treatment

You will be moved to the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) where you will stay for one night to be closely monitored. You will spend one to two nights in the regular inpatient ward so the doctor can check your heart rhythm and make sure the device is working properly.  You may experience some pain and swelling in the area where the device was placed.  You will be asked to avoid raising the arm above the shoulder on the side of the implantation, strenuous activity, and heavy lifting for about one month after the surgery.  Please see your doctor immediately if you experience electrical shocks more than once a day.  During your regular check-ups, your doctor will check the battery in your device, which should last up to seven years. When the battery needs to be replaced, the procedure is relatively minor compared to the initial surgery.

Risks & side effects

Bleeding or hematoma, and infection where the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) was implanted.  Allergic reaction to the medications used during the procedure.  Damage to blood vessels.  Bleeding in the pericardium.  The implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) sends abnormal signals to the heart or malfunctions or the leads come loose.  Stroke, heart attack, or other serious complications, which are uncommon.  Death (rare).

FAQs:

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation

Will an ICD cure my heart rhythm problem?

No, it won't. Cure means to completely and permanently eliminate the condition and that's not what an ICD does. In some cases, an electrophysiogist can provide a cure for a rhythm disturbance, sometimes by performing an ablation. An implantable defibrillator is most commonly used as a part of a patient's treatment. It acts instantly if your heart rhythm changes for the worse. It treats the problem, each time it occurs. Many doctors use an ICD in combination with rhythm control medications called antiarrhythmics. The goal, in such cases, is to use medication to keep the rhythm from getting too fast and to use the ICD as a "failsafe" device to protect you if your heart rate increases dangerously despite the medication.

Do shocks from an ICD hurt?

Most patients who have received shocks from their ICDs describe them as startling, jolting and unsettling, but not painful. It's easy to understand why. The ICD delivers a shock to prevent a dangerously fast heart rhythm. The device recognizes the rhythm, which may cause discomfort — dizziness, lightheadedness, palpitations, an "about-to-faint" feeling — and then suddenly, the ICD shock brings the rhythm back to normal. The jolt is a powerful one to control the heart without delay.

Is the implant procedure an open heart operation?

No. Implanting an ICD is much simpler than it was a few years ago and often takes less than an hour.  The doctor who performs this procedure is the best source of information about what type of anesthesia will work best for you. As a rule, patients do very well with sedation to keep them in a light state of sleep, in combination with local anesthetic to numb the area where the device is implanted. The incision is usually a small one — three or four inches wide — and travels horizontally on the chest. After the ICD is in place and the incision is closed, the doctor applies a bandage to protect the site.  Most patients notice some soreness for about a week. Doctors advise patients with new ICDs to avoid getting the site wet for several days after it has been implanted.

Where will the defibrillator be placed?

In the past, when ICDs were much larger, they were implanted in the abdomen. Now that they are smaller, doctors usually implant them in the chest, most often below the clavicle or collarbone, on the right or left side of the chest. You may feel and see the outline of the device under the skin.

What kinds of patients will need ICDs implanted inside them?

You're a candidate for an ICD if you've had sustained ventricular tachycardia, survived a cardiac arrest or fainted from a ventricular arrhythmia. You might also benefit from an ICD if you have:  -A history of coronary artery disease and heart attack that has weakened your heart.  -A heart condition that involves abnormal heart muscle, such as enlarged or thickened heart muscle.  -An inherited heart defect that makes your heart beat abnormally. These include long QT syndrome, which can cause ventricular fibrillation and death even in young people with no signs or symptoms of heart problems.  -Other rare conditions that may affect your heart rhythm.

Find Your Package

Tele-consultation

M.D.
Prima Lertudomkitpisan
Doctor Consultation
More Details
>
M.D.
Mallika Techolarn
Consultation physician
More Details
>
M.D.
Butree Chalanupap
Doctor Consultation
More Details
>
M.D.
Mallika Techolarn
Consultation physician
More Details
>

Recommendation Providers

Find clinics with popular procedures with better quality and cheaper price.

TELE-CONSULTATION

Consult with certified doctors anytime, anywhere.

Simply fill in an online form.
Get personalised list of doctors.
Confirm the call & connect instantly.
Consult Now

Available Doctors

M.D.
Thanyalak Chaiseri
Cardiology
M.D.
Visuit Vivekaphirat
Cardiology

Our Patients Story

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.

See Doctors All
>

lorem ipsum

PATIENTS VERIFY - BANGKOK -THAILAND
Procedures Tag

"find clinics with popular procedures with better quality and cheaper price."

Read More

lorem ipsum

PATIENTS VERIFY - BANGKOK -THAILAND
Procedures Tag

"find clinics with popular procedures with better quality and cheaper price."

Read More

lorem ipsum

PATIENTS VERIFY - BANGKOK -THAILAND
Procedures Tag

"find clinics with popular procedures with better quality and cheaper price."

Read More

lorem ipsum

PATIENTS VERIFY - BANGKOK -THAILAND
Procedures Tag

"find clinics with popular procedures with better quality and cheaper price."

Read More
See Reviews All
>

Health & Beauty Concerns

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.