A 47-year-old member asked:
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is it common to remove an implantable cardioverter defibrillator during heart bypass surgery?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
54 years experience Cardiology
No: It was put in for a reason so unless something has changed, it will ordinarily be left in place unless the battery is failing, in which case it would be replaced.
Answered on Aug 13, 2014
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Dr. Andrew Kaplan
33 years experience Cardiology
They are typically removed if a patient has a heart transplant.
Nov 5, 2011
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Uncommon: Some of the old earlier versions may get in the way and be damaged and thus removed. The more recent internal catheter devices can be avoided and remain functional.
Answered on Mar 23, 2013

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Both done very: Successfully and routinely.
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