During heart transplant surgery, we remove your diseased heart and replace it with a healthy one from a diseased donor. A heart transplant may be the best option if you have end-stage heart failure and other therapies are no longer working. You and your provider discuss if heart transplant surgery is the right treatment for you.
Our specialists will speak with you about how long you can expect to wait for a heart transplant. They may suggest implanting an artificial heart device to provide temporary support during that time.
Artificial heart devices are surgically implanted and keep your blood circulating while you await a heart transplant or other long-term support.
We have extensive experience implanting artificial heart devices in patients with advanced heart failure. These devices can extend your life and help you stay healthy while you await a heart transplant. You and your provider can discuss if an artificial heart device is right for you.
Your provider may suggest a temporary support device while you await a heart transplant or another long-term solution.
For short-term support, we offer:
- Intra-aortic balloon pump: A device to help your heart pump blood
- Impella 2.5, 4.0 and 5.0: Pumps to support circulation
- TandemHeart: A flexible ventricular assist device (VAD)
- CentriMag: A circulatory support device outside your body that we may use as a ventricular assist device
Some artificial heart devices can provide you with support for several years. These long-term support devices include:
- Left ventricular assist device (LVAD): This surgically connected artificial pump treats advanced heart failure. Our heart transplant program has implanted hundreds of LVADs, giving us a high level of expertise.
- Total artificial heart: We replace your diseased heart with mechanical valves. The device restores normal blood pressure and gives your body necessary blood circulation.
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy takes over the work of your heart to oxygenate your blood and remove carbon dioxide from your body.
We are one of the region's only centers offering ECMO therapy. Our specialists may recommend ECMO to circulate your blood for several weeks while you wait for a donor heart to become available or another long-term solution. We may also use ECMO therapy to help you recover from a health crisis before receiving a LVAD or heart transplant.
If you’re not a candidate for a heart transplant, our team offers a variety of advanced treatments that may prolong your life. Alternatives may include heart surgery or medications.
We may discuss some heart transplant alternatives with you, including:
Use of established or new drugs shown to be effective in people with heart failure
Myocardial revascularization (heart bypass surgery)
Left ventricular aneurysmectomy
Heart valve repair/replacement
Mitral valve repair in dilated cardiomyopathy