How is a Pacemaker Put in the Body?
Featuring Dr. Graham Wong, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACC, Cardiologist
Duration: 1 minute
A pacemaker insertion is fairly standard; pacemakers have been inserted for the better part of 40 years now.
The procedure itself takes about an hour. It’s done in a local anesthetic but in a sterile operating room, or a cardiac [inaudible] suite done under sterile technique.
The way in which a pacemaker is inserted is that there is one or two leads that are inserted through a vein that tracks into the heart, and then the generator where the battery in the computer of the pacemaker is, that is then implanted underneath the skin.