UIHC Doctor's New Pacemaker Procedure Draws National & International Attention

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter

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IOWA CITY – There's been a breakthrough for those who need a pacemaker, and the doctor behind it works at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Dr. Michael Giudici created a new procedure that eliminates the scarring from a pacemaker implantation. He started creating the new technique years ago. The doctor's creation changes the placement of the pacemaker and only requires two small incisions.

“It’s much more comfortable, much more private. The world doesn’t have to know you need one of these things,” Dr. Giudici said.

The technique is getting national and international attention. Recently a team from the University of Florida looked into his work.

“I just had a couple of inquiries from Australia and one from Liverpool about people coming over to observe,” Dr. Giudici said.

The Iowa City doctor said health experts have learned more about the need for pacemakers over time, which is why he believes the changes were necessary.

“We have discovered so many new syndromes and we've learned so much about sudden cardiac arrest in young people," Dr. Giudici said. "There are a lot more younger people getting pace makers and implantable defibrillators and many of them are women."

He noted that women often found themselves embarrassed when their clothing showed the massive scar from a typical implantation surgery. Dr. Giudici hopes more specialists take the time to learn the new procedure.

"You are talking about a device that somebody is going to have -- these devices last for ten years. You are making a major impact on their lives by taking that extra time at the time of implantation to get the best result,” Dr. Giudici said.

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