Teaching Hospitals and CRT-D Implant
I am currently going to a teaching hospital in Boston where my EP practices. We are discussing implanting a CRT-D, and when I asked him if he’d be doing the surgery/procedure he just said “me and my assistant/fellow”. I asked whether he’d be at least doing the lead placement and he repeated me and my assistant would be doing it. He saw that I was a bit uncomfortable with this and just said he’d be there the whole time overseeing everything.
He said the EP fellows were very good, but everything I read on here stresses the importance of getting a good EP doc to do the implant and it sounds like the fellow will probably do the procedure with the EP doc overseeing it. This makes me very nervous thinking that someone not that experienced will be placing leads in my heart and possible complications. What do others think about this? I could try a different hospital/EP but most of the big hospitals in Boston are teaching hospitals so I suspect I will run into the same situation.