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HAVING A REPLACEMENT DEFIBRILLATOR OR PACEMAKER PROCEDURE

There are a number of common reasons for needing a replacement device:

  • Your device battery is running low.
  • A new version of the device that you currently have, with new features, may become available after you have a device implanted. Such a device may:
    • Be smaller.
    • Require a less visible pocket—or no pocket—under the skin of your chest or abdomen.
    • Allow for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of more areas of your body.
  • You may learn of a device made by manufacturer other than the one that made yours that seems better suited to your needs.

If you feel a new device may suit your needs better, talk to your doctor. He or she is the best resource for information about having a replacement ICD or pacemaker procedure and whether a new or different device would be right for you.

REPLACEMENT

Replacing a device is a surgical procedure and not without risks. Talking to your doctor about the risks and benefits is important. Depending on how the device system is functioning, your doctor may be able to leave the leads (wires) in place and simply disconnect the old device and replace it with a new one.

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DO YOU WISH TO CONTINUE AND EXIT CARDIOVASCULAR.ABBOTT?

CONTENTS OF THE SITE ARE NOT UNDER THE CONTROL OF ABBOTT.