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KU Hospital Implants Region's First Leadless Pacemaker

all right you'd never know by looking at

Nellie to Joy a fair way that she's part

of medical history we'll see in a couple

of weeks but one day before this visit

with her doctor she became the first

person in the state of Kansas and the

region to receive a revolutionary kind

of pacemaker for her heart it's the

smallest one ever made and best of all

it has no leads like a traditional

pacemaker doctors at the University of

Kansas hospital implanted the device in

a simple non-surgical procedure that

eliminates the risks that can come with

a traditional pacemaker those

traditional devices require the doctor

to make a surgical incision in the chest

where the pacemaker permanently sits in

a pocket under the skin the leads from

the device go through the veins into the

heart delivering the electrical pulses

that keep the heart beating at a normal

rate

the new device eliminates all that by

combining the pulse generator on the end

attached to the heart with the battery

on the other end all in one miniature

device here's how it works

doctors run the device through an artery

in the patient's leg up to the inside of

the heart once it's in the right

position the doctor with the help of a

special tool removes the protective

cover it actually screws the tiny device

right into the inside wall of the heart

dr. DJ lacquer Eddie is the electro

physiologist who implanted this first

device part of a clinical trial and he

says the advantages for patients are

tremendous this is definitely the way of

the future patients don't have pain in

the chest risk of infection goes down

dramatically risk of lung puncture and

all those go down significantly and

patient emulates much faster so there

are no limitations in their arms not

going up and down stretching the arms by

mistake on all those things do not exist

so the overall patient comfort is

unbelievable the longevity of the the

devices is much better patients also

don't require nearly as much anesthesia

which means they are up and around much

quicker just like Barbara Moore of Lee

Wood who was the second patient to

receive this new pacemaker less than 24

hours after her procedure she was ready

to go home telling her doctors how great

she felt

in talking about resuming a lifestyle

she thought she'd have to give up I have

been a very active person in the past I

like to hike in the mountains

I exercise a lot and all that was over I

couldn't do any of that anymore even

going up a flight of stairs

would leave me breathless so I'm hoping

to get my life back for the University

of Kansas hospital I'm Bob Hallinan