Treatments & Procedures

Pacemaker or Defibrillator Generator Change Home Care


  • Wound and dressing check will be scheduled after 7 days. If dressing changes are needed, you will be given instruction and appropriate supplies before you leave the hospital.
  • Do not apply any ointments, creams or dressings.
  • Look at your incision every day. Call the hospital if you notice any redness, swelling or drainage.
  • Wear loose clothing over the area of your incision.
  • You may take a shower few days after the procedure but keeping the dressing and incision area dry for 4 days. DO NOT rub the area with a towel. Instead, blot it dry.


  • Avoid excessive movement of the affected arm. Talk to your doctor about your return to work.
  • Avoid swimming and hot tubs/whirlpools until your incision is completely healed.


  • No specific dietary change at home unless specified by the health care provider.


  • Increased drainage, bleeding or oozing from the incision site;
  • Increased opening of the incision where the device was implanted;
  • Redness, swelling or warmth around the device insertion site;
  • Increased body temperature (greater than 101°F or 38.4 degrees Celsius)

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