What Is Lead Extraction?

Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) deliver pacing and defibrillation (shocking) therapy through wires called leads. The leads are inserted through veins that travel to the heart and the ends of the leads are positioned inside the heart. In some circumstances, leads have to be removed (extracted) due to infection, malfunction, blockage in the veins and for other reasons. Over time, scar tissue and adhesions can form causing the leads to become attached to the veins and heart muscle. Lead extraction is a procedure where the leads are removed using specialized tools that can free the leads from the scar tissue and adhesions. This can often be performed non-invasively through the pacemaker or ICD implant site using a laser or cutting tool. Lead extraction is a safe and effective procedure when it is performed by an experienced team.  Trust that you are in good hands here at Spectrum Health Heart and Vascular as our team guides you through this process.   

Why choose Spectrum Health Heart and Vascular for your lead extraction?

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Spectrum is the only hospital system in Grand Rapids and the surrounding community  with a lead extraction program. We have electrophysiology experts in lead management that are board certified. Our annual volume of electrophysiology procedures is among the highest in the State of Michigan. We have state-of-the-a

rt facilities and perform all of the extraction procedures in hybrid operating suites using the newest advancements in technology. We work as a team in collaboration with infectious disease, cardiology, electrophysiology, cardiothoracic surgery and anesthesia to care for patients that need lead extraction. We have a proven track record in safe and successful lead extraction.  



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