PM to ICD with lead extraction
I see there've bene numerous posts recently about swapping out PMs for ICDs. I am scheduled to have such a surgery in two weeks. (I am an otherwise healthy 52 yo female with PM for three years owing to bradycardia and complete heart block. I recently learned I have a rare genetic cardiac disease that also puts me at risk for sudden death. Hence the ICD.) I would love to hear from anyone on the forum who has opted to have a lead extracted (rather than left in place). After much research and discussion, this is what I have been advised to do. I have a very experienced doctor (in Boston at Beth Israel Deaconess) but I am very nervous, as I know this aspect of the surgery is risky. (I've read that being female is considered a slight risk factor for complications, presumably because of smaller vein size, making extraction more challenging?) Anyone have any experience with this surgery? I would love to know that there is someone out there who has been through it and put it behind them.
Happy New Year and thanks!