Before the Procedure
· You should plan to stay in Thailand for at least one to two weeks through the duration of your treatment.
· It is recommended that you stay in a hotel close to the hospital for convenience in traveling to the hospital before and after the procedure or from the day of the procedure to the day of your follow-up appointment.
After the Procedure
· At your follow-up appointment you will undergo a physical examination and your wound will be checked. You will receive documentation regarding your surgery or procedure and all other relevant documentation for traveling.
· Avoid lifting your left arm higher than your shoulder for at least one month after the procedure. You may swing your arms normally.
· Avoid getting the incision wet for at least one week or as recommended by the doctor or until your doctor schedules a follow-up appointment to check your incision. You may wipe yourself down with a wash cloth or sponge during this time.
· The incision site may be bruised, which is normal after the procedure. The bruise will resolve on its own within two weeks. If a hematoma develops or if there is uncontrolled bleeding from the incision or if the site shows signs of inflammation, such as swelling, redness, warmth, and/or severe pain, please see your doctor immediately.
· If you develop a fever or if you become lightheaded or faint, please see your doctor immediately to determine the cause of these symptoms.
· Before you are discharged the doctor will change your bandage, which can be removed after one week or at your follow-up appointment to check the wound. The incision will be covered with a paper or thin tape after that. Do not remove it. The tape will slowly dissolve when you bathe.
· You can use a mobile phone normally, but please carry it in hand on the opposite side of the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). Avoid carrying your phone in your shirt pocket as pockets are usually at chest level, which brings the phone close to the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).
· Always carry your implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) card to provide preliminary information to any doctor that you see if you must travel to another province or country. Show the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) card when you go through airport check points with metal detectors as the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) may show up as suspicious and set off alarms because of the metal it is made with.
· When traveling by air, if you are seated in Economy Class, please choose an exit row or bulkhead seat for convenience in getting up and moving around every 15-30 minutes. Flex your ankles regularly to prevent deep vein thrombosis.
· Please take all medication prescribed by your doctor. Carry the appropriate dosage of mediation in your carry-on luggage when you travel as well as a few extra doses in case of an emergency. Carry the prescription for all your medication to avoid problems at the airport.