Femoral approach to lead extraction

Siva K. Mulpuru, David L. Hayes, Michael J. Osborn, Samuel J. Asirvatham

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Femoral Extraction Laser and radiofrequency energy-assisted lead extraction has greatly facilitated this complex procedure. Although success rates are high, in some instances alternate methods of extraction are required. In this review, we discuss techniques for femoral extraction of implanted leads and retained fragments. The major tools available, including commonly used snares and delivery tools, are discussed. We briefly describe combined internal jugular and femoral venous extraction approaches, as well as complimentary utilization of more than one technique via the femoral vein. Animated and procedural sequences are included to help the reader visualize the key components of these techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-361
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of cardiovascular electrophysiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015


  • femoral route
  • lead extraction
  • lead infection
  • mechanical extraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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