How a Pacemaker is Placed in the Body

Graham Wong, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACC, discusses how a pacemaker is put in.

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Graham Wong, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACC, discusses how a pacemaker is put in.
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Dr. Graham Wong

Dr. Graham Wong

MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACC,Regional Medical Lead, Acute Cardiac Care
Cardiologist
Vancouver, BC
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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.