Lead extraction

Hello all,

I have been referred to have a lead extracted at the same time I get my battery/unit replaced.  I've been told this is a riskier surgery than initial pacemaker placement. Any thoughts? 
thanks for your replies,

take care,



Why worry?

by LondonAndy - 2020-05-08 05:14:39

If it's got to be done, there's nothing you can do but let the professionals get on with it.  Not having it done is not an option.

riskier but not particularly risky

by Tracey_E - 2020-05-08 09:51:19

As long as you are going to someone who specializes in it, it's not considered particularly risky. Years ago it was, but now the lasers they use are much improved and there are a lot more very experienced surgeons. How old are your leads? We've had a lot of members have uneventful extractions. Good luck. 

Lead extraction

by Lisarose - 2020-05-12 02:33:05

Thank you for your reply, my surgeon is reported to be a pioneer Canada for laser extraction, my leads will be9 yes next month


by Finn - 2020-05-31 23:27:56

Hi, yes , it is more involved, a sheath laser is used to take the leads out. I had mine extracted. Make sure your surgeon has done many of these.  And go over the pros and cons. Some people leave them in and new leads put in.

the longer the leads have been in the tougher to get out.

that being said mine went very well, took under an hour.

the new leads are mri compatible as well as the generator .

hooe that helps

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