General Surgery Considerations in the Era of Mechanical Circulatory Assist Devices

Limael E. Rodriguez, Erik E. Suarez, Matthias Loebe, Brian A. Bruckner

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Much of the success of left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) can be attributed to the second-generation HeartMate II (Thoratec, Pleasanton, CA, USA), which is the most commonly used device to date. The latest generation of LVADs is currently undergoing clinical trials worldwide. Developers have focused on improving the limitations of the second generation with emphasis on enhancing efficiency further, decreasing complications, and increasing ease of implantability. Clinical management of a patient with an LVAD is also an excellent example of the multidisciplinary approach of care that is undoubtedly the future of medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1343-1357
Number of pages15
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • General surgery
  • Left ventricular assist device
  • LVAD
  • Mechanical circulatory support
  • Noncardiac surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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