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Does anyone knows how long it could take to replace an existing pacemaker / defib?

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Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: 1 hour

If it is just a generator change (the leads are ok and don't need to be replaced) then it usually takes about an hour.

In brief: 1 hour

If it is just a generator change (the leads are ok and don't need to be replaced) then it usually takes about an hour.
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
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Dr. John Garner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: < 1 hr

It takes 30-45 minutes of my time to do these so-called "generator changes.
" if you mean how long do the devices last between generator changes, the answer can vary from 5 to 13 years depending on a number of factors.

In brief: < 1 hr

It takes 30-45 minutes of my time to do these so-called "generator changes.
" if you mean how long do the devices last between generator changes, the answer can vary from 5 to 13 years depending on a number of factors.
Dr. John Garner
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Dr. Mary Callahan
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Pacemaker/ICD

Replacement of a pacemaker or icd usually only takes a few minutes, assuming the leads are working appropriately.
The new device is placed in the same area where the old one was and the leads are attached to the new one. If the leads need to be changed then it becomes a more complicated procedure and takes longer.

In brief: Pacemaker/ICD

Replacement of a pacemaker or icd usually only takes a few minutes, assuming the leads are working appropriately.
The new device is placed in the same area where the old one was and the leads are attached to the new one. If the leads need to be changed then it becomes a more complicated procedure and takes longer.
Dr. Mary Callahan
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