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Defibrillator Implant Surgery Sydney

The insertion of an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) is a life-changing procedure. It helps correct abnormal heart rhythms with a battery-powered device that instantly sends electrical shockwaves to the heart. This relatively simple procedure is minimally invasive and requires minimal downtime post-surgery. 


Before surgery is considered, patients undergo a series of tests, including an electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG), an echocardiogram, or an electrophysiology study. Your doctor will analyse these results to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for and will benefit from the insertion of a cardiac defibrillator. 


If you suffer from abnormal heart rhythms, you may be a candidate for this procedure. Book your initial consultation with world-leading pacemaker surgeon Dr Kanthan online today. 




What is an ICD?


An Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator is a battery-powered device that is placed in the chest to monitor and recorrect fast or abnormal heart rhythms. The ICD is the size of a stopwatch and is secured under the skin between the collarbone and top of the breast on either the right or left side. 


Who needs an ICD?


You may need an ICD if you have a dangerously fast heart rhythm or you’re at risk of cardiac arrest due to a ventricular arrhythmia that prevents your heart from supplying blood to the rest of your body. An ICD is also suitable for those who have had a prior episode of a sudden cardiac arrest. 


If you believe you may be a candidate for this surgery, consult your doctor for preliminary tests. 


How long does it take to recover from ICD surgery?


It’s common to have some mild pain, swelling and tenderness in the area where the ICD  is inserted  — and as a result, patients must avoid lifting anything greater than 5kg for at least a month. It’s also recommended to avoid wearing tight clothing that can irritate the skin while the incision is healing. If you are experiencing a fever or you feel two or more shocks within a 48-hour period you should consult your doctor immediately. 


Why choose Dr Ajita Kanthan for heart defibrillator surgery?


Best known for his pioneering work in pacemakers, Dr Kanthan is a world-renowned surgeon who specialises in rhythm disorders. He has been praised for his innovative surgery techniques and has a great deal of experience in performing cardioverter-defibrillator implantations —  so you can trust you’re in the safe hands of a highly qualified surgeon.

Offering his services across several hospitals in Sydney, Dr Kanthan was the first to perform a radiation-free transvenous pacemaker implant in Australia. He is currently the only cardiologist in the country performing this pacemaker technique on a regular basis. Quite simply, Dr Kanthan is one of the world’s most skilled surgeons and the doctor of choice when it comes to heart defibrillator surgery.

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