Thoracotomy VAD Implantation

Originally broadcast Thursday, June 25th

Hear Dr. Jay Pal at the University of Colorado discuss his approach to HVAD implantation. Dr. Pal will review how to determine the best surgical approach, and his tips and tricks for implanting HVAD via thoracotomy.

 

Dr. Jay Pal

Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Surgical Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support
University of Colorado
Aurora, Colorado

 

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Brief Statement HeartWare™ HVAD™ System
Indications For Use: The HeartWare™ HVAD™ System is indicated for hemodynamic support in patients with advanced, refractory left ventricular heart failure; either as a Bridge to Cardiac Transplantation (BTT), myocardial recovery, or as Destination Therapy (DT) in patients for whom subsequent transplantation is not planned.
Contraindications: The HeartWare System is contraindicated in patients who cannot tolerate anticoagulation therapy.
Warnings/Precautions: Proper usage and maintenance of the HVAD™ System is critical for the functioning of the device. Serious and life-threatening adverse events, including stroke, have been associated with use of this device. Blood pressure management may reduce the risk of stroke. Never disconnect from two power sources at the same time (batteries or power adapters) since this will stop the pump, which could lead to serious injury or death. At least one power source must be connected at all times. Always keep a spare controller and fully charged spare batteries available at all times in case of an emergency. Do not disconnect the driveline from the controller or the pump will stop. Avoid devices and conditions that may induce strong static discharges as this may cause the VAD to perform improperly or stop. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could cause harm to the patient or could cause the pump to stop. The HVAD™ Pump may cause interference with automatic implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (AICDs), which may lead to inappropriate shocks, arrhythmia, and death. Chest compressions may pose a risk due to pump location and position of the outflow graft on the aorta — use clinical judgment. If chest compressions have been administered, confirm function and positioning of HVAD Pump post-CPR.
Potential Complications: Implantation of a VAD is an invasive procedure requiring general anesthesia and entry into the thoracic cavity. There are numerous known risks associated with this surgical procedure and the therapy including, but not limited to, death, stroke, neurological dysfunction, device malfunction, peripheral and devicerelated thromboembolic events, bleeding, right ventricular failure, infection, hemolysis, and sepsis. Refer to the “Instructions for Use” for detailed information regarding the implant procedure, indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and potential adverse events prior to using this device.
Caution: Federal law (USA) restricts these devices to sale by or on the order of a physician.

 

Indications, Safety and Warnings
Outside US Statement: HeartWare™ HVAD™ System
Indications for Use

The HVAD™ System is intended for use in patients at risk of death from refractory end-stage heart failure. The HVAD™ System is designed for in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings, including transportation via fixed wing aircraft or helicopter.
Contraindications
The HVAD™ System is contraindicated:

  • In patients with a body surface area (BSA) less than 1.2m2
  • In patients who cannot tolerate anticoagulation therapy
  • During pregnancy

Warnings/Precautions Proper usage and maintenance of the HVAD™ System is critical for the functioning of the device. Serious and life threatening adverse events, including stroke, have been associated with use of this device. Blood pressure management may reduce the risk of stroke. Never disconnect from two power sources at the same time (batteries or power adapters) since this will stop the pump, which could lead to serious injury or death. At least one power source must be connected at all times. Always keep a spare controller and fully charged spare batteries available at all times in case of an emergency. Do not disconnect the driveline from the controller or the pump will stop. Avoid devices and conditions that may induce strong static discharges as this may cause the VAD to perform improperly or stop. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could cause harm to the patient or could cause the pump to stop. The HVAD™ Pump may cause interference with automatic implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (AICDs), which may lead to inappropriate shocks, arrhythmia and death. Chest compressions may pose a risk due to pump location and position of the outflow graft on the aorta -use clinical judgment. If chest compressions have been administered, confirm function and positioning of HVAD Pump post CPR. Potential Complications Implantation of a VAD is an invasive procedure requiring general anesthesia and entry into the thoracic cavity. There are numerous known risks associated with this surgical procedure and the therapy including, but not limited to, death, stroke, neurological dysfunction, device malfunction, peripheral and device-related thromboembolic events, bleeding, right ventricular failure, infection, hemolysis and sepsis. Refer to the “Instructions for Use” for detailed information regarding the implant procedure, indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions and potential adverse events prior to using this device.

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Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgical Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support, University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado

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