leads replaceed

Hi Everyone,

I had my first pacemaker 1996 not the best experience. Had problems with right arm.Went for therapy and cortizone shot helped. In 2004 my lead was fractured while i was getting out of my car for work. The funnies nosie which I cant explain . I was very active so probably the lead got worned .I went to my doctor.'. went for test and referred me to a dr. in Albany. It was scary due to the risk involved. I had both leads replaces and a new pacemaker on my same right side . Its been 3 year and never had a problem. Dr. did a beauful job. I feel better then before and no shoulder and arm problem exist after surgery. I wanted you to know i had a good experience . I know its a big decision to make . Not all doctors. will remove and replace youll need to discuss this with them .Hope input will help.
Thanks Teena


lead replacements

by bambi - 2007-04-07 09:04:15

Hi Teena,
I had both my leads extracted last July. I was pretty scared, but now most Dr.'s use a laser to take them out, with a high success rate. They told me it would be a 3-6 hr. procedure, but I was in recovery in 2 hours! I had my leads taken out so they could balloon my Superior vena cava and place a stent. Then after a few days to recover, they put 2 new leads in, and again, I did very well. From what I understand, if they have a difficult job getting them out, they won't force them. Have faith, you will be ok! Let us know how you do! Take care!


by swilson10 - 2007-04-07 11:04:48

Thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts. I am due to have my leads extracted and replaced very soon and feeling anxious about the risks. It always helps to hear from people who had a good experience. I will let you know how it all turns out.

leads replaced

by Surferman - 2007-04-07 12:04:10

Hi Teena,

Glad all went well with the most recent procedure. It's only been five weeks since my initial PM was installed.
All is going very well for me. My EP who did the procedure came highly recommended and like yours, she did a terrific job. We're fortunate that we had such skilled surgeons do the job. Surferman.

lead replacements

by Surferman - 2007-04-09 12:04:44

Thanks, Bambi, for clarifiying the matter. While I hope I never have to have leads replaced, we all now have your experience to draw upon and be less frightened by that surgery. Surferman

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