Recovering after Lead Extraction
I got home Thursday after having my surgery on Wednesday. They wanted to remove all the leads in the vessel where the fractured lead was, only they weren't successful. The two hours scheduled procedure took over 5 hours. The fractured lead was easy to remove, but the other two had tissue grown around them and were attached to the thinnest portion of my aorta. They gently tried, but were not successful with extracting them. Then they put in a third lead because my ejection fraction (the % of blood then heart pumps out with each beat) was lower than it should be. This meant I needed a new pacemaker that would accomodate a third lead. Of couse it wasn't the same size as the old pacemaker (only 1 1/2 years old), so my pacemaker pocket had to be modified. We are truly at the mercy of our doctors. But, I'm recovering and that's all that matters. It was the most interesting New Years Eve as I spent it in the hospital bed. But, it's great to start a new year on the way to better health. The third lead should help to give me more energy and help me to better exercise and get in shape.