A 47-year-old member asked:
is it common to remove an implantable cardioverter defibrillator during heart bypass surgery?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Louis Grenzer answered
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
Dr. Creighton Wright answered
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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