You’ll have your CRT placement done at the hospital and may need to stay the night. Your doctor will tell you about any foods or medicines you should avoid before the procedure. He or she may also have you prepare by washing your chest with a special soap and taking an antibiotic to reduce the risk of infection.
During the surgery, you’ll be given local anesthetic and intravenous medication to help you relax. It’s possible you may require general anesthesia; if so, an anesthesiologist will be involved with the procedure.
In most CRT procedures, an incision is made under your collarbone, and a pocket is formed under the skin, where the generator is placed. The doctor will thread placing leads through a vein and to your heart, guided by an X-ray. After it’s placed, the device system will be tested, but you won’t feel it. Finally, the incision will be closed and bandaged.