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How does icd or defibrillator extraction work?

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Dr. Jerry Routh
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Surgery

An icd (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) is a device implanted under the skin and connects to leads inserted in veins to the heart or occasionally placed surgically directly on the surface of the heart.
The icd can be changed out under local anesthesia as an outpatient as long as the leads are functional. Lead change out is done by laser or mechanical extraction under deep anesthesia.

In brief: Surgery

An icd (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) is a device implanted under the skin and connects to leads inserted in veins to the heart or occasionally placed surgically directly on the surface of the heart.
The icd can be changed out under local anesthesia as an outpatient as long as the leads are functional. Lead change out is done by laser or mechanical extraction under deep anesthesia.
Dr. Jerry Routh
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Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: It Varies

If a pacemaker or icd lead needs to be removed, a extraction procedure is recommended.
For leads implanted in the last 6 months, they may just pull out easily. For older leads, sometimes they have scar tissue over them which needs to be removed with a laser sheath system. Usually these procedures can all be performed via the original pacemaker incision.

In brief: It Varies

If a pacemaker or icd lead needs to be removed, a extraction procedure is recommended.
For leads implanted in the last 6 months, they may just pull out easily. For older leads, sometimes they have scar tissue over them which needs to be removed with a laser sheath system. Usually these procedures can all be performed via the original pacemaker incision.
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