Pacemakers and defibrillators are small devices implanted into the body to help regulate the heart through electrical signals. Cardiothoracic surgeons implant these devices keeping the heart beating in a normal rhythm. Wires, called leads, attached to the devices deliver the energy from these devices to the heart. When one or more of these leads needs to be removed, the procedure is called a lead extraction.
Specialists at University of Utah Health have over twenty years experience in these procedures. They constantly participate in research to bring the latest in cardiovascular treatments to their patients.
Removing lead wires from pacemakers and defibrillators is a delicate process. They don’t easily pull out, since they get tightly attached to the heart and the veins through which they travel on the way to the heart. The longer leads have been implanted the more tightly attached they get. Special tools and techniques are used to extract leads safely and effectively.
The most common reasons for recommending lead extraction are infection of the pacemaker or defibrillator, malfunctioning leads, and multiple abandoned leads. The need for lead extraction is not always clear-cut and University of Utah Health physicians can advise patients on the advisability of extraction and alternative approaches.
Read about our latest procedure with a leadless pacemaker.
Roger A. Freedman, M.D. has been a faculty member at the University of Utah for over 20 years. He specializes in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, particularly in the implantation and management of implanted pacemakers and defibrillators. Pacemaker and defibrillator lead extraction is a highly specialized technique in which Dr. Freedman is gre... Read More
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Dr. Steinberg is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Section of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology.He specializes in the diagnosis and management of heart rhythm disorders, ranging from the abnormally slow (bradyarrhythmias) to irregular and fast arrhythmias (tachyarrhythmias). In addition to seeing patie... Read More
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