Lead extraction for cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIED)

Many people are living with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIED) to manage a heart condition. These life-saving tools include pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD), and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices. Because CIED allow patients to live longer, sometimes lead extraction is necessary to keep you and your device in good health. Leads are the tiny wires that run between the device and the heart. Reasons you might need a lead extraction include:

  • Infection of the lead or device
  • Blockage in the vein
  • Lead breaks or stops working
  • Recall for the lead

Transvenous lead extraction (TLE)

Lead extraction is a delicate, complex procedure that must be performed by an experienced provider in an advanced facility. The team at Denver Heart is highly experienced in providing transvenous lead extraction (TLE). We often use advanced lasers or rotating dilators to release the lead and remove it.

To learn more about TLE and cardiac care from Denver Heart, call us at (303) 331-9121.