COLUMBUS, Oh. — For people needing a pacemaker, there is a new non-surgical option. Doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are implanting a tiny pacemaker directly into a patient’s heart. It’s only 24 millimeters, which is 90-percent smaller than current models.
Because no surgery is required, implanting the new pacemaker only takes about 15 minutes and cuts down considerably on the risk of infection.
Doctors say the device is so small, if anything ever goes wrong they could easily remove it – or just leave it in place and implant a new one. The device is not yet FDA approved.
So far, there have only been a few dozen implanted as part of this clinical trial.
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