During a heart device replacement procedure, your doctor will make a new incision over the old one and then remove the old heart device. He or she will then disconnect and check the leads to determine if replacement of the leads is also necessary; they may or may not be removed.
The leads are connected to the new heart device and its function is tested. The new heart device is then inserted, and the incision is closed. Finally, the device's therapies are programmed.
Depending on your age and condition, the entire replacement surgery may be done on an outpatient (same-day) basis or may require an overnight stay in the hospital.
When you get your heart device replacement, you may actually receive a newer model of heart device with new features and technologies.
When it's time to replace your implanted heart device, or if your heart condition changes, talk to your doctor about different devices and their features. Only your doctor can determine what's right for you.
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