Left Ventricular Assist Devices
Heart Failure Program
(608) 253- 1690
Access Center for Referring Physicians
(608) 472- 0111
Left ventricular assist devices are implantable mechanical pumps. They assist the heart when it is not able to pump enough blood through the body. UW Health is one of only a handful of centers in the nation with approval to implant this device as an alternative to transplantation.
UW Health's LVAD program is certified by both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). This further emphasizes our dedication to providing the most advanced treatment options for patients in Wisconsin and the Midwest.
- After placement, the device, rather than the left ventricle, pumps blood into the aorta
- Implantation surgery takes four to six hours
- Patients typically leave the hospital within two weeks, and depending on their work, most return to their jobs within one to three months