What happens after lead extraction?
Created by: Team Rx.Health
Modified on: Tue, 18 Feb, 2020 at 10:00 AM
- You can ask your health care provider to give your pain medicine if you are experiencing severe pain.
- The time you will stay in the hospital varies, but you are likely to stay for two to ten days in the hospital after the procedure.
- You will have a follow-up chest X-ray to check your lungs, heart and the position of new leads if new leads are placed on the next morning after the procedure.
- While you will be in the hospital your health care team will monitor your heart rate, rhythm and breathing regularly.
- You will need someone to drive you home after the procedure.
- Your healthcare team may advise you to look for signs of infection like bleeding or swelling at the incision site or fever greater than 101 F.
- Your health care team may ask you to limit your activities until your wound heals.
- If the leads are removed using the vein in your leg then you will need to lie flat for several hours after the procedure as it prevents bleeding.
- Within 10 to 14 days after the procedure, sutures that you may have needs to be removed