Innovative Sub-mammary Procedure Offered for Pacemaker Insertion

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, is one of the few electrophysiologists in the U.S. performing this innovative approach to implanting devices, that emphasizes 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.