Leadless Pacemaker Insertion & Surgery Sydney
For some patients, a leadless pacemaker is a better solution than a conventional pacemaker. If, for example, you require single-chamber pacing, especially from the bottom chamber, a leadless unit may be the preferred treatment.
Leadless cardiac pacemaker insertion with Dr. Kanthan
Dr. Kanthan has a great deal of experience in leadless pacemaker insertion and is available to carry out the procedure in various Sydney hospitals. As a specialist in heart rhythm disorders, a pioneer of radiation-free pacemaker implants in Australia and a renowned educator in the field of cardiology, he is well qualified to perform implants in patients of all ages and is highly regarded by his medical peers.
How a leadless cardiac pacemaker is inserted
Leadless pacemakers are implanted using a transcatheter procedure, with insertion through the femoral vein. In plain terms, a very thin tube is inserted through the major vein in your thigh and guided to the heart by your surgeon. The pacemaker is placed at the end of this tube. The faster recuperation time and lower risk of infection associated with a leadless pacemaker make it a viable option for certain patients who may not be suitable candidates for conventional pacemaker insertion.
After your procedure
After having a leadless pacemaker inserted, it’s important to remain in a prone position with your legs straight for 2-6 hours. Following an overnight stay, you will be able to return home and recuperate normally. As the procedure is less invasive than a traditional pacemaker implant, the recovery time is normally shorter.
What is a leadless pacemaker?
A leadless pacemaker is a single unit that contains both the electrical pulse generator and electrode system. It is inserted directly into a chamber of the heart
How does a leadless pacemaker work?
Leadless pacemakers work in the same way as conventional units but because they contain the electrode system and are implanted directly into the heart, there is no need for leads: they can provide single-chamber pacing directly.
How long does a leadless pacemaker last?
According to clinical data, the battery in a leadless pacemaker will last from 5-15 years, after which a replacement may be fitted.
Who is a candidate for a leadless pacemaker?
Patients who only require single-chamber ventricular pacing are potential candidates for a leadless cardiac pacemaker. To find out if you are a suitable candidate, you can make an appointment at your nearest clinic in Sydney.
What precautions need to be taken before and after a leadless pacemaker insertion?
For most patients, the precautions that need to be taken before and after a leadless pacemaker insertion will be similar to those recommended for regular pacemaker insertions. However, please check with your surgeon to make sure you know what you need to do.
Can I resume normal activities after a leadless pacemaker insertion?
You should be able to resume normal physical activities (except bathing or swimming) after 1 or 2 days and more strenuous activities, such as resistance training, after a week.
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