Possible risks of ICD insertion include, but are not limited to, the following:
- bleeding from the incision or catheter insertion site
- damage to the vessel at the catheter insertion site
- infection of the incision or catheter site
- pneumothorax -- air becomes trapped in the pleural space between lung and chest wall. This can interfere with breathing and in extreme cases may cause the lung to collapse.
Patients who are allergic to or sensitive to medications or latex should notify their physician.
For some patients, having to lie still on the procedure table for the length of the procedure may cause some discomfort or pain.
There may be other risks depending upon your specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your physician prior to the procedure.