To evaluate the success and complication rates of a single center’s multidisciplinary approach to transvenous lead extraction.
One university hospital.
One hundred ninety-five patients scheduled for transvenous lead extraction.
Measurements and Main Results
A case series of 351 lead extractions performed in 195 patients over a 42-month period. Indications, success rates, and complication rates were tracked and retrospectively evaluated and reported. Indications for lead extraction included 53.3% because of lead malfunction, 36.9% because of infection, with the remaining 9.7% from other categories such as venous stenosis. The lead extraction rate was 99.7%, with complete removal in 97.7%. The overall major complication rate was 3.08%. After an initial 1-year period of performing lead extractions, the overall major complication rate reduced to 1.23%.
Transvenous lead extraction generally is a safe procedure, but not without complications. A multidisciplinary approach involving cardiac surgery, electrophysiology, and cardiac anesthesiology allows for successful management and the ability to rapidly manage major complications.