Effects of Electrolysis on St. Jude Medical Implantable Cardiac Rhythm Devices

Background

Electrolysis is a hair removal procedure that involves inserting a fine needle into the hair follicle and applying an electrical current to the follicle root. This procedure burns the hair root theoretically preventing it from producing more hair.

Laser hair removal is a hair removal procedure that involves using Intense Pulsed Light epilators. These epilators use xenon flash lamps that emit full spectrum light to destroy the hair root or follicle.

Potential effects

We do not anticipate any damage to the pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) due to either procedure. We have received verbal reports that electrolysis and laser hair removal have been performed on pacemaker and ICD patients uneventfully.

A summary of potential effects is provided in the table below and is based on device testing at St. Jude Medical, clinical experience and/or a review of the scientific literature.

Potential Effect Estimated Frequency
  Pacemakers ICDs
Single-beat inhibition or noise reversion (unipolar) Rare Rare

Recommendations

In the unlikely event that symptoms occur, discontinue treatment and the symptoms should disappear.

If you have any questions on this topic, please contact St. Jude Medical Technical Services at 800-722-3774.

 
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