Living in hope
Following my last post'No longer a success story' I received an appointment on Monday for Thursday 14th to get my lead replacement.
The surgeon said that the previous leads failure were caused by the subclavian approach.
If you want more information look up Subclavian crush syndrome. Basically it causes leads to fracture and insulation breaches to develop by compression of a lead between the first rib and clavicle.
My surgeon managed to extract the two failed leads and replaced them. My third lead was always intact. He said he implanted the pacemaker further down in a different way.
I have read that the subclavian approach is easier than other methods to implant a pacemaker but if it causes lead failure in some patients why is it done? I didn't have an opportunity to ask him that but I have faith in this surgeon as he was honest. I was delighted the old leads were removed as this was a cause for concern for me.
I hope I have explained it reasonably-I have no medical training.
I am home now and recovering.