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Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Program

 

Please call (718) 283-5243 to speak with an LVAD Coordinator.

 

A Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) is a battery-operated, mechanical pump-type device that is surgically implanted in patients with end-stage congestive heart failure. It helps maintain the pumping action of the left ventricle when it can no longer function effectively on its own.

For many years referred to as a “bridge to transplant,” the LVAD heart pump is a temporary but life-saving heart failure treatment for patients who are candidates for heart transplants but face an imminent risk of death until they receive their new hearts.

LVAD implantation is also an alternative for patients who suffer from severe, non-reversible heart failure but are not eligible for heart transplantation. For these patients, the LVAD serves as a permanent treatment for heart failure, and they will live with it for the rest of their lives.

As leading heart failure surgery experts in Brooklyn, NY, our heart specialists will help you choose the best possible treatment options to achieve the best quality of life possible.

 

How Does the LVAD Device Work?

  • Electrically powered

  • Contains pump that generates enough flow to deliver blood from the left ventricle to the rest of the body

  • Small silicone tube exiting the patient’s abdomen, connected to a controller that is worn on the belt

Pre-Implant Evaluation Process

  • Patient selection conducted by cardiologists/ cardiothoracic surgeons to determine eligibility

  • Pre-operative discussion about the severity of CHF, positive outcomes, risks involved, post-discharge care management, device limitations

  • Pre-operative comprehensive screenings by the medical team

  • Pre-operative workup

LVAD Procedure

  • You may need to stay in the hospital for several days before your surgery.

  • LVAD surgery is an open-heart procedure that usually takes between four and six hours.

  • During the surgery, you’ll be connected to a ventilator to help you breathe.

  • The surgeons place and ensure the LVAD implant is working properly.

  • You may need to remain connected to the ventilator for several days after the surgery.

  • After LVAD heart surgery, you’ll remain in the intensive care unit (ICU) and be given fluids, nutrition, and medication through an IV until your heart surgeon feels comfortable transferring you to a hospital room for recovery.

Maimonides LVAD Team

 

Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Cardiologists

LVAD Coordinator

  • Rivka Mintz, NP

The Maimonides LVAD Team with a patient at the 50th LVAD Implantation Celebration