Are there risks to having a lead extraction?

A lead extraction is generally a very safe procedure. However, as with any invasive procedure, there are risks. Your doctor will discuss these risks with you, and special precautions are taken to decrease these risks.

Although results and risks vary from patient to patient, over the last 10 years, the overall success rate for lead extraction at Cleveland Clinic is greater than 99.5%. The risk of internal bleeding, tear in a vein or heart, or death is less than 0.5%.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/17/2019.

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