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How serious is the surgery to implant a defibrillator?

Defibrillator implantation is a relatively routine surgery. The process for doing so is nearly identical to the placement of a pacemaker which many surgeons perform dozens of times a year. 

While any surgery has risks, defibrillator implant surgery is not particularly risky. Often the most dangerous thing about the procedure is that it is being performed on a patient with a potentially dangerous heart condition that will need to be closely monitored during surgery.

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* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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