Korea’s Most Performed Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Device (CIED) Lead Extraction Procedure with TightRail™

The Cardiovascular Medicine specialist, Professor Park, Seung Jung from the Arrhythmia Center of the Heart Vascular and Stroke Institute, introduced the first TightRail™ cardiovascular implantable electronic device (CIED) lead extraction device in Korea and recorded the highest number of procedures. It is the only center in Korea that conducts more than 30 cases per year, which is the standard of Multi-Specialty Surgery Center.


CIED lead extraction surgery is one of the most difficult procedure that removes cardiac devices (pacifiers, defibrillators, cardiac resynchronization therapy devices) and electrode wires using special equipment.


Furthermore, CIED lead removal is performed for the purpose of treating severe cardiac device infections and abnormal electrode wire function. Recently, electrode lead wire removal has often been performed for the purpose of MRI or radiation therapy.


The longer the period of implantation in the body, the more severe the adhesion between the electrode wire and the heart and blood vessels. Moreover, this may cause severe side effects during the procedure such as arterial dissection and cardiac tamponade.


Currently, the Arrhythmia Center of Samsung Medical Center has a success rate of 99%. Based on the accumulated experience, it is making continuous efforts to present at conferences, publish papers and to educate local and foreign medical staff on CIED lead extraction surgery.