May 30, 2011
HELEN UPDATE: Just talked to the surgeon — everything went well. And she didn’t get a new battery, but a whole new ICD — they call it a “battery change,” but the battery is hermetically sealed in the device, so only the old leads stay. The new gadget is smaller, better, and should last 9 years. There’s a lot of competition in this field, the surgeon explained, so the devices improve rapidly. Well, good.