possible lead extraction
I've had a dual chamber pacemaker (due to congenital heart block) for the past 16 years. I'm scheduled in a couple of weeks for my third generator change. Not to concerned about that, but it was recently suggested to me by my EP that I may be in need of lead extraction. Ok I have to admit I had never even heard of this until a few weeks ago. So now I've been reading about it like mad and must say I'm pretty afraid of it. He says that in younger patients like myself he doesn't like to leave old leads in and simply thread new ones in, he doesn't like the extra floating around I guess. Anyway he's the only one that does extraction in the area. I'd like a second opinion. Are we allowed to mention hospitals/doctor names here? I have scheduled an appt at the cleveland clinic for a second opinion. Confused by everything I'm reading/hearing. I also have 2 little kids and I'm more frightened about the surgery due to that then anything else. Comments? Thanks!