The Center for Pacemaker and Defibrillator Lead Extraction provides comprehensive management for all cardiac implantable electronic devices including pacemakers, implantable defibrillators and their leads. This includes but is not limited to extraction of pacemaker and implantable defibrillator leads.
What We Treat
- Pacemaker and implantable defibrillator lead and device malfunction
- Pacemaker and implantable defibrillator lead fracture
- Pacemaker and implantable defibrillator lead and device infection
- Leadless pacemaker removal
- Venous occlusion caused by pacemaker and implantable defibrillator leads
- SVC syndrome caused by pacemaker and implantable defibrillator leads
- Abandoned pacemaker and implantable defibrillator leads
- Optimal placement of and lifelong management of CIED systems
- Bruce Wilkoff, MD
- Thomas Callahan, MD
- Ayman Hussein, MD
- David Martin, MD
- Bryan Baranowski, MD
- Tyler Taigen, MD
- Shady Nakhla, MD
- Shannon Heidrick, RN
- Phoebe Stearns, RN
To make an appointment, please call toll-free 800.659.7822.
Use our secure online form to submit an appointment request 24/7. We will receive it and follow-up with you as soon as possible.
Physician Referrals – Call the Referring Physician Hotline 24/7:
Our team will work with patients and referring physicians to obtain necessary medical records, imaging and testing. New patients will often be scheduled for a telehealth visit with one of our physicians to gather more information and provide and understanding of our process and treatment options.
The address is:
Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Institute
9500 Euclid Avenue – Desk J2-2
Cleveland, OH 44195
The Pacemaker and Defibrillator Lead Extraction Center is located at Desk J2-2, on the 2nd floor of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Institute, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio.
Before your appointment:
Ensure all necessary records and been received by the center.
What to Expect
Whether you are coming from around the corner or around the world, you want to know what to expect before, during and after your visit with us. If you have any questions while reviewing this information, please contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
Your appointments will typically include an interrogation of your device in our device clinic and a visit with a cardiac electrophysiologist to discuss your case and review treatment options. You may also need additional testing such as blood work, CT scans, X-rays, venogram, an echocardiogram and a heart catheterization. You may also meet with members of our cardiac surgery and cardiac anesthesiology departments. Please bring discs of any image studies you have had done locally including chest x-rays, venograms, echocardiograms, chest CT scans, heart catheterizations and a listing of all medications to your appointment.
In some cases, a pacemaker or implantable defibrillator lead extraction is scheduled to occur a day or two after these visits and testing. Telehealth visits in advance of travel to Cleveland Clinic may help facilitate scheduling surgery during the same trip for initial testing and evaluation.
How long will you need to stay at Cleveland Clinic?
To complete all testing, you will need to stay in the Cleveland area for 1 to 2 days.
When pacemaker or implantable defibrillator lead extraction is performed, patients should plan to spend 2-10 days. Pacemaker and implantable defibrillator lead extraction requires admission to the hospital. Some patients will be discharged the following day. Patients with a pacemaker or implantable defibrillator infection may stay in the hospital for 10 days or more after the extraction to allow initiation of antibiotics and, in appropriate cases, reimplantation of a new device.
Most patients will follow up about 6 weeks after their procedure with a device interrogation and wound check. Additional follow-up will be done in 6 months to 1 year or as needed. There is an opportunity for telephone follow-up as well.
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For More Information
If you need more information, call the Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute Resource & Information Nurse at 216.445.9288 or toll-free at 866.289.6911. We would be happy to help you.