Penn is at the vanguard nationally for pacemaker and implantable defibrillator lead extraction procedures.

Device Lead Extraction Expertise

The EP program at HUP is among the few in the country experienced in implantable defibrillator lead extraction. Fractured or malfunctioning ICD leads are a common reason for device replacement, which increases the risk of complications. The team is pursuing research in lead extraction that may result in expanded indications for the use of ICDs, as well as improved safety for patients.

Lead Extractions at HUP CY 2004 - CY 2011, N = 267
Years Lead Extractions
2004 6
2005 15
2006 23
2007 32
2008 40
2009 45
2010 55
2011 51

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