I was born with a defect that resulted in me having a pacemaker at 18mo. Now that I am 29 years old, my original leads are struggling to perform adequately, resulting in me "using up" the battery life of most devices in five years. I have had about five pacemaker replacements and now I am having issues with scar tissue and my chest cavity being concaved where they have removed tissue. During my last operation, doctors wanted to move my pacemaker to my abdomen, but I was very scared to have my implant relocated there. I was given new leads, but they were pocketed under my ribcage, and my old leads are still connected to my pacemaker. I can feel where the new leads are pocketed, and I am terrified of having my device relocated to my abdomen because I already feel this discomfort. Does anyone have experience with multiple pacemaker replacements? Doctors don't want to remove my old leads because they have been there so long. I am not sure why they didn't move my pacemaker to my other shoulder. I am sad to think I might have to have open-heart surgery to have these new leads removed when I never wanted the implant in my abdomen in the first place.