In recent years, lead extraction has become an increasingly common procedure which has moved from the realm of cardiothoracic surgery to interventional cardiac electrophysiology. This article reviews indications for lead extraction and briefly discusses the common approaches currently employed to remove leads.
Several converging trends have driven the increase in lead extraction procedures. Twenty years ago, most patients needed to survive a cardiac arrest twice before implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation would be considered. Today, most implantati... continue reading about Update on Laser Lead Extraction