Lead Extractions - New Leads
Hi all. I am heading to see a surgeon on Thursday to talk about the recommendation of lead extractions (4 leads, oldest implanted in 1994) and placement of two new leads. I am 42 years old, pacemaker since age 5 for congenital heart block. Heart function & strength looks great - no issues there. When I got my last device 4 years ago they considered extracting at that time, but decided against it since they were working fine. Now, lots of noise and heart beating super fast/super slow at random times and causing some fatigue and discomfort. Anyway, who has had a similar procedure and what questions should I ask on Thursday? Any idea on recovery time (time off work)? I live in Iowa and the procedure would be in Des Moines at Mercy Hospital. They will not be putting a new pacer in at the same time - just the new leads. Thank you for any insight, advice, questions I should ask, or things I should prepare for.