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    After the Lead Extraction

    • The doctor will remove the sheath.
    • You will be admitted to the hospital overnight. You will be placed on a special monitor called telemetry that allows your heart rhythm to be displayed on monitors in the nursing unit.
    • If the femoral approach was used, you will need to lay flat in bed for several hours after the procedure.
    • The morning after your lead extraction you will have a chest X-ray to check your lungs and the position of any new leads that may have been implanted.
    • Before you leave the hospital, your doctor and nurse will talk to you about activity, medications or any follow-up appointments.

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    Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on September 20, 2014
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