I've just been for my 12 week pacemaker check and brought up my concerns about the lead under my collarbone; for the last 8 weeks I've had a visible loop of wire as a bulge next to my collarbone when I lie down, and a burning/tearing sensation when I move in certain ways, especially bad when I sit up in the mornings. As I told him this he wasn't concerned and said it was normal for the wire to have slack and be visible especially in a bony part of the body without any "padding" like the collarbone. He did my check and confirmed that the pacemaker was working normally so it shouldn't be an issue. I wanted to show him how it looks when I lie down and at that point he said it shouldn't be doing that and that he would make an appointment with my doctor and that the likelihood was that I would have to have the lead replaced; I clearly wasn't describing it well enough for him to change his mind within a minute.
Has anyone had a lead extracted before? Is it the same procedure and recovery as the pacemaker itself? I don't know if I can face going through this again such a short time after having my pacemaker inserted.