Infected Lead Removal - Recommend or No
My friend in Latin America went for a second opinion. The new doctor has hospitalized him for the infection, currently administering IV anti-biotics and is discussing his next step, PM replacement.
He has let me know the doctor has told him that the leads should not be removed, even though 6 other doctors have given their opinion that the leads should be removed, due to the infection.
The new doctor indicated that the leads are not removed in most countries around the world, and millions have this infection problem,they replace the PM and live full lives. He has consulted several other cardiologists on the issue, and he said the # 1 cardio in Colombia advised it was unnecessary to remove leads.
He asked me to inquire as to how many on this message board have had infected PMs and leads, and were advised to have the leads removed along with the PMs? Also how many were advised it was NOT necessary to remove the leads?
Thank you to all who have responded so far to my friends situation it is very uplifting to him to know that there are others out there who support him.