Lead Extraction

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Published on March 21, 2017

Lead Extraction

Electrophysiology and Cardiac Surgery TeamsWires, or leads, on a patient’s pacemaker or implanted defibrillator may have to be removed and replaced if they are damaged or recalled, to provide upgraded leads, if they become infected, if they block a blood vessel or if there is a need for new technology. 

Dr. Adam Chodosh at Concord Hospital Cardiac Associates is the only electrophysiologist providing this minimally invasive surgery in New Hampshire, Vermont and parts of Maine. Concord Hospital Center for Cardiac Care added lead extraction as a service in early 2016. Dr. Chodosh began performing these procedures at other hospitals in 2009 and now performs them exclusively at Concord Hospital. Providers from other hospitals have begun sending patients to Dr. Chodosh for this specialty service and to date he has treated a number of patients at Concord Hospital.

In rare cases, removing a lead can cause complications that require immediate action. Patient safety is our utmost concern. That’s why a collaborative electrophysiology and cardiac surgery team is present in the Operating Room during every lead extraction at Concord Hospital prepared with the equipment, supplies, expertise and experience to care for every patient.

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"I put my complete trust in their diagnosis and their recommendations for medicines and treatment. We are very fortunate to have people of their caliber in this community. ~ Don Davis, lead extraction patient at Concord Hospital Center for Cardiac Care