Lead Revisions Specialist

Vein, Heart, and Vascular Institute

Cardiovascular Doctors & Interventional Cardiologists located in Tampa, FL & Wesley Chapel, FL

When your pacemaker stops working properly, you may need lead revisions to protect your heart health. Vatsal Inamdar, MD, an experienced cardiologist, specializes in lead revision surgery and offers comprehensive care with the team at Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute, with offices in South Tampa and Wesley Chapel, Florida. If you suspect your pacemaker or defibrillator isn’t functioning correctly, don’t delay an evaluation. Call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online now.

Lead Revisions Q & A

Why do I need lead revisions?

If you have a pacemaker or implantable defibrillator, you may experience issues with the leads, or wires, that send electrical signals to your heart. Over time, these leads can break down or become damaged, no longer functioning as they should.

To protect your heart health, Dr. Inamdar at Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute offers comprehensive lead revision services to replace the damaged or non-functioning leads attached to your implanted device.

Leads may need replacement due to issues like:

  • Infection
  • Lead fractures
  • Scar tissue blockage
  • Excess scar tissue coverage

Dr. Inamdar can determine if you need lead revision surgery after a thorough evaluation of your heart health and the function of your pacemaker or defibrillator device.

What does a lead revision procedure involve?

Lead vision is a complex procedure, and Dr. Inamdar is highly skilled in performing this type of surgery. The goal of treatment is to remove the lead from surrounding tissue and areas where the wire has attached to the heart.

To keep you comfortable, Dr. Inamdar administers general anesthesia. You’ll need a ride home following your procedure.

Dr. Inamdar uses the latest surgical techniques to achieve lead removal without much bleeding or tissue damage. The procedure can take several hours depending on how many leads need replacing and how long you’ve had the implanted device.

Using the subclavian technique, Dr. Inamdar accesses the leads through a small incision in your upper chest near your subclavian vein. If this isn’t possible, he may remove leads through a small puncture in your groin near the femoral vein.

Will I receive new leads on the same day?

Replacing leads to your implanted device may occur on the same day as the removal. However, if you had to have leads removed due to underlying health issues, like an infection, you can expect to receive treatment at Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute to clear the condition before Dr. Inamdar implants the new leads.

Dr. Inamdar can discuss what to expect for surgery during your initial consultation and determine when you’ll receive new leads based on your condition.

Learn more about lead revision surgery by scheduling a consultation at Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute today by calling the office nearest you or by using the online booking feature.