Broken lead

Good morning pacers! I had my pacemaker implanted 7mo ago, now they're telling my lead has either broken or come loose. wondering has any of you had this to happen so soon. Now I have to have my pacemaker taken out and replaced very disturbing to me. This pacemaker has not been right from the beginning. Need to find out if there has been a recall on these leads.does any know where I might obtain such imformation? 


4 Comments

recalls

by Tracey_E - 2019-02-03 08:53:45

You can google the type of device and recall and it should come up, but I don't recall hearing about any recalls that recent. 

Usually they'd reposition the lead that's loose or replace it if it's bad. The whole system doesn't have to be replaced, just the one bad part. If you've had trouble since the beginning, my not-a-doctor-guess is it wasn't in a good spot to start with. Maybe get a second opinion before having surgery again?

you could have broken it

by dwelch - 2019-02-12 04:10:46

you could have broken it or pulled it out, isnt automatically the lead nor doc.  But could be any one of the three, hopefully they can figure it out so it doesnt happen again.

It sucks to have to go through the recovery this soon, but sometimes this happens.  They may or may not want to remove the lead, that might be a third surgery in a relatively short period of time.  if you have any good leads they wont need to remove them unless you are say on a three chamber now and dont have room for a fourth lead.  I wouldnt be surprised if they replace the pacer but will see I guess. 

fda.gov is where you would go.   https://www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/safety/listofrecalls/ and/or google it.

Leads

by DMJ - 2019-02-19 19:50:37

I had my leads removed and replaced, and it ended up I got a new pacemaker at the same time.  I think the pacemaker was a bad one, I had a lot of VT and has 6 shocks with it.  The new one has been no problems.  My leads where infected with Sarcoidosis and it had made them have a bad connection.  I go to Brigham Womens in Boston and had a great doctor.  He has a video of procedure on the site. Dr. Laurence M. Epstein.  

You got lucky

by Pace_Defib_03 - 2019-03-04 06:15:02

You got lucky you’re doctor pointed this out. It saved you a lot of pain, trust me. The surgery to replace them is a lot better than the shocking sensation.

When I was about 7-8 years old, my doctor/cardiologist never informed my mom that my device(medtronic I believe) was on recall due to faulty wiring and tearing on the coating over the wire. Due to that, I suffered over 70+(not even being dramatic, my mom witnessed it all) shocks to the chest and which I can only explain as getting hit in the chest with a bat or a horse kick.  Being that young, it was a very traumatic experience.

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