A felt plug simplifies left ventricular assist device removal after successful bridge to recovery

J Heart Lung Transplant. 2007 Nov;26(11):1209-11. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2007.07.029.


In this report we describe the insertion of a felt plug into the sewing ring attached to the left ventricular apex after explantation of a left ventricular assist device. This technique may be faster and simpler than standard explantation techniques and may result in less distortion of left ventricular geometry.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures / instrumentation
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Cardiomyopathies / therapy*
  • Device Removal / instrumentation
  • Device Removal / methods*
  • Echocardiography
  • Heart Ventricles / diagnostic imaging
  • Heart-Assist Devices*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sternum / surgery
  • Ventricular Function