Length of Stay in Hospital: Left Ventricular Assist Devices

In 2008, UW Hospital and Clinics received certification for its Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) program. The use of these heart pumps offers hope to patients with end-stage heart failure. For some patients, these pumps can be a permanent replacement pump. For others, the device is a bridge, carrying patients until their heart heals or a transplant is available.


In addition to providing high-quality care, UW Hospital and Clinics patients who undergo left ventricular assist device surgery typically do not need to stay in the hospital for long periods of time.


The following chart demonstrates the average length of stay in days in the hospital for patients who have received left ventricular assist devices. 

  • Vertical axis: Average number of days in hospital
  • Horizontal axis: Year 
UW Hospital 18 16 15 18 21 13 13 11


Source: Data analyses of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Adult Cardiac Surgery Database.