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Old 07-23-2010, 09:53 AM   #1
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Pacemaker Battery?

My boyfriend has had a pacemaker all of his life. His battery is due for change in December of this year. We have no insurance. I want to know how much it normally costs to switch out the batteries. And if there are any programs he could do that could switch it for free. I am very worried about him and would appreciate any help I can get.

 
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Re: Pacemaker Battery?

Because the battery is sealed inside the pacemaker generator, replacing the battery requires that the entire generator be replaced. This procedure is simpler than the implantation procedure. The pocket where the generator sits is opened, the old generator is removed from the pocket and detached from the leads, the new generator is hooked to the leads and placed into the pocket, and the incision is closed. This is usually an outpatient procedure and does not require hospital admission. I don't have any idea what the cost of this would be. I would have your boyfriend call his cardiologist, explain his situation, and I bet the doctor could give him a place to go
or work something out with him.

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