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Pacemaker wires pulled out

Pacemaker wires pulled out

Pacemaker lead extraction without open heart surgery

Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) both transmit electrical signals to the heart through wires called “leads.” There might be one, two, or three lead wires, depending on the system. The leads can stop working properly over time as a result of damage to the wire or scar tissue build-up around the lead. Infections may also occur in the areas where the lead or cardiac system has been inserted. The entire device, including all leads, must be removed and/or replaced in these situations.
Lead extraction is a delicate procedure that necessitates a high degree of surgical expertise. The goal is to gently “pull” the lead away from the tissue in which it is lodged or from the heart where it is attached. Although the procedure is considered high-risk, advanced tools such as lasers can help remove the lead from the surrounding areas with minimal bleeding and injury.
Depending on how many leads you have, how long they’ve been inserted, and how much tissue has grown up around them, the entire extraction process could take two to six hours. The pacemaker or ICD leads (or the entire device) are replaced in most cases during the same surgery.

Pacemaker and icd lead extractions

I felt so much better the first week after my pm, but now I’m feeling terrible. I believe I might have yanked a pm wire loose. I’m exhausted and sobbing with exhaustion, and my heart is fluttering. I have an appointment with my cardio in two days. If all of the wires are intact, I’m not sure what’s wrong. I’m still alive, but I’m not really living.
Good day, Pattycake.
Unfortunately, our wires may become “dislodged” if we travel more than we should, or if the darn things don’t embed for no obvious purpose, and we have to have another surgery.
Within ten days of the initial surgery, one of my wires dropped three times. After that, I had to have another operation 6 months later to remove the pacemaker from my armpit. It does occur. I completely understand your statement that you are alive but not living…but try to find some confidence and hope that things will get better and you’ll be on your way to recovery in no time. I wish you nothing but the best. Hugs to you. Pookie is a nickname for a person who
I’m sorry you’re having trouble, but it’s always a possibility if you’re doing something you shouldn’t after surgery, such as lifting more than 10 pounds, raising your hand/arm above your hip, or twiddling the gadget in your pocket ( yes there are those that twiddle). Most of us on this forum will agree that you should follow up with your doctor, but you should also be gentle with yourself, as the healing process can be lengthy.

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Charles Love has always loved tinkering, whether it’s designing electronic circuit boards or restoring automobiles. The passion grew over time to include repairing and replacing implantable cardiac devices. Love was the first cardiac electrophysiologist in the world to use a laser catheter to extract a pacemaker wire from a patient’s heart in 1994. Its energy causes the wire to be released through a narrow channel.
Love says he feels motivated to support an increasing number of patients with infections or complications caused by defective leads since joining Johns Hopkins in 2017 as director of Cardiac Rhythm System Services. “People are more likely to end up with a broken wire that needs to be replaced as they live longer,” he says. Alternatively, they can need a system update (most last between 10 and 15 years, says Love.)
According to Love, the Johns Hopkins Hospital is still a high-volume lead extraction center and is by far the busiest in the area. He adds that this year, specialists at the hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute will perform well over 100 extractions. The majority of patients are in their 60s or 70s and have systems that are broken or compromised.

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Charles Love has always loved tinkering, whether it’s designing electronic circuit boards or restoring automobiles. The passion grew over time to include repairing and replacing implantable cardiac devices. Love was the first cardiac electrophysiologist in the world to use a laser catheter to extract a pacemaker wire from a patient’s heart in 1994. Its energy causes the wire to be released through a narrow channel.
Love says he feels motivated to support an increasing number of patients with infections or complications caused by defective leads since joining Johns Hopkins in 2017 as director of Cardiac Rhythm System Services. “People are more likely to end up with a broken wire that needs to be replaced as they live longer,” he says. Alternatively, they can need a system update (most last between 10 and 15 years, says Love.)
According to Love, the Johns Hopkins Hospital is still a high-volume lead extraction center and is by far the busiest in the area. He adds that this year, experts at the hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute will perform well over 100 extractions. The majority of patients are in their 60s or 70s and have systems that are damaged or compromised.