What happens after An LVAD is placed?
Surgery for LVAD, or left ventricular assist device, typically takes 4-5 hours followed by a 3-7 day stay in the ICU. Watch this video with thoracic surgeon Dr. Hiroo Takayama to hear what a patient can expect after LVAD surgery.
[MUSIC PLAYING] This artificial heart is consisted of internal pump, as well as external drive line.
And you will have to take care of the drive line at home. [MUSIC PLAYING]
After [INAUDIBLE] is placed, the most important thing to know is that will prolong the patient's life and also improve
the quality of life of the patient's. This has repeatedly been shown by multiple studies [INAUDIBLE]
surgery is becoming safer and safer in the last five years when performed in an appropriately selected patient.
For example, the risk of dying from this surgery is about the same as the other open heart surgeries,
such as valve surgeries. The surgery itself takes about 4.5 hours, and the recovery
time in the intensive care unit usually is somewhere between three to seven days. And the additional several days, you will spend in the floor.
Before you discharge from the hospital, you will receive an instruction how to take care of the drive line.
This artificial heart is consisted of internal pump, as well as external drive line.
And you will have to take care of the drive line at home. At home, you will manage your device, including the drive
line, as well as the exchanging your battery from the one energy source to another.
Again, we will train you appropriately. And therefore, by the time you go home, you will be-- you and your family will be feeling comfortable how
to take care of this device. [AUDIO LOGO]
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