New Pacemaker Procedure is Pioneered

Submammary Device Implantation Leaves No Visible Scar or Lump

Graphic of submammory device implantation locationDiscreet incisions placed in the armpit and under the breast leave no visible scarring.  

Pacemakers and defibrillators are medical devices used to treat heart rhythm problems or arrhythmias. These devices are usually implanted just beneath the skin, between the shoulder and the chest, where they can sometimes leave a visible lump and a scar from the incision.

UI Heart and Vascular Center Cardiologist Michael Giudici, MD, has pioneered a new approach to implanting devices with a much-improved cosmetic result.

The new procedure, called submammary device implantation, involves placing the pacemaker or defibrillator under the breast, between the chest muscle and ribs. Small incisions are concealed in the armpit and under the breast, resulting in greater comfort and no visible scarring.

Benefits of Submammary Device Implantation

  • Enhanced body image and sense of privacy due to no visible scar
  • Confidence in wearing swimwear, summer attire, and strapless garments
  • No irritation or discomfort from rubbing bra straps, purses, or seatbelts

Call 319-467-2000 or 855-467-3700 to schedule your appointment with Michael Giudici, MD.

For more information on our pacemaker procedure, view the Pacemaker Clinic.

Contact Us

UI Heart and Vascular Center
Carver Pavilion
Elevator E, Level 4
319-356-7102
 
UI Hospitals and Clinics - Iowa River Landing
Level 3
105 East 9th Street
Coralville, Iowa 52241
319-467-2000
855-467-3700
 

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