Removal of unused pacemaker
Here's an interesting one...
As a paediatric patient I had my pacemaker inserted into the abdomen but now that I'm an adult the latest replacement has been in the chest/shoulder. My old system has not been removed and the medical team don't want to remove it without good reason due to the risks of general anaesthesia and a redo sternotomy (it would have to be a sternotomy, I've checked). I fully understand these risks, although they may perhaps want to explain them again to me.
My question is this - what are your thoughts? Are there any laws (UK or international) that state I have the right to removal of an unused pacemaker from my body?
This is an interesting ethical, moral and legal conundrum I know...
You know you're wired when...
You invested in the Energizer battery company.
I have a well tuned pacer. I hardly know I have it. I am 76 year old, hike and camp alone in the desert. I have more energy than I have had in a long time. The only problem is my wife wants to have a knob installed so she can turn the pacer down.