Well, after a long wait I finally wen t in for my CRT-D pacemaker. After reading all the success stories on here I was looking forward to finally getting my life back.
Unfortunately, things didn't go to plan. They opened up my shoulder at the site where they had put in my ICD a year ago. They removed my ICD and tried to thread through one of the leads that goes through a vein down to the Ventricle. That's when they hit problems. It would appear that instead of the vein tracing a long gentle curve my vein has a kink in it and they were unable to complete the procedure and ended up stuffing the old ICD back in again and zipping me closed.
The plan is to go back in again but this time with a special piece of kit to allow them to place the lead tip. Success rate is estimated at 60%.
I'm obviously hugely disappointed and I'm afraid I didn't take the bad news well. I don't understand how a large Hospital doesn't carry all the kit required to complete the job.
I hope others getting this procedure have more luck than me.