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Post device implantation

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General advice for after your procedure

  • You must keep your arm as still as possible for the first 24 hours.
  • Avoid raising your arm above shoulder level for two to four weeks.
  • Avoid heavy lifting and vigorous exercise for two to four weeks.
  • No driving for one week, however, this may vary depending on the type of device.
  • Do not get the wound site wet for one week.
  • Avoid keeping your mobile phone in a pocket over your device.
  • Always inform security that you have a pacemaker/device if going on holiday abroad.
  • You will receive a registration card before you go home. It is important that you keep it with you at all times.

General advice

  • You may experience some pain at the wound site – your usual pain relief can be taken.
  • The dressing should stay on for five days. If wound glue has been used, you will be informed that no action is necessary and the glue should peel off in a short time.
  • If the wound has been sutured (stitched), these do not need to be removed as they are dissolvable.
  • It is advisable to get your wound site checked by your practice nurse once the dressing is removed.
  • Bruising may occur to the shoulder and surrounding skin. This is common.
  • You must contact the ward if you notice any swelling, oozing or redness at or around the wound site.

Contact details

Ward manager

Ward K2/Cardiology service

Box: 263

Addenbrookes Hospital

Hills Road



Telephone: 01223 256233 Monday to Friday 07:30 to 20:00.

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Cambridge University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust
Hills Road, Cambridge

Telephone +44 (0)1223 245151