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Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) is a machine which is implanted to overcome heart failure because of various heart diseases and illnesses.
Types of VAD are
The doctor may recommend the attachment of a VAD device if the patient is suffering from a severe heart disease with risk to his life.
The doctor provides all the relevant information with regard to the usage of the device. Before the surgery strength of the body is tested. In case the body needs some extra nutrition, it is given to the patient through a feeding tube.
Generally, following tests done before surgey
VAD surgery lasts for about 4 to 6 hours, and is performed under the influence of general anaesthesia,
During the surgery,
The recovery period after the surgery generally depends on the health of the patient prior to the surgery. In case of weakness, the patient may be kept on a ventilator and a feeding tube for a few days post surgery.
Physical therapy and other assistance helps the patient gain back his lost body strength.
The patient is discharged generally after about 2 weeks.
Although there are certain complications involved while going through a VAD surgery, many patients note a great improvement in their quality of life post-surgery. Exercise, travelling and other normal activities can be indulged in again and some patients are even allowed to drive.
Risks of undergoing a VAD surgery are
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