Heart and Vascular Hospital

Surgical Proficiency

Our cardiothoracic surgeons have undergone extensive training and are certified to implant the Left Ventricular Assist Device

The surgery involves implanting the device and connecting it to the left ventricle of the heart, and the aorta, the main artery that brings blood from the heart to the rest of the body.

The LVAD is placed inside the chest and connects outside the body through a very small incision in the abdomen. This line connects to a small computer called the ‘controller’ which can sit on a belt or in a shirt pocket as well as batteries to run the pump. The batteries are rechargeable and options exist to run the pump with electricity at nighttime. Before you go home, the LVAD team will teach you and your family how to use the equipment to make sure you feel comfortable with the device.

A Full Spectrum of Specialized Care

The Heart Failure Program provides a full range of services and is the only program in Bergen County to offer patients with chronic advanced heart failure, long term mechanical circulatory support with Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implants.

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