Intraoperative TandemHeart implantation as an adjunct to high-risk valve surgery

Tex Heart Inst J. 2007;34(4):457-8.


Newer generations of assist devices for postcardiotomy support in patients with ventricular failure have eliminated bearings and incorporated suspended impellers, smaller cannulae and hardware, and simplified insertion techniques. We describe the use of a surgically implanted, percutaneous, continuous-flow centrifugal pump (the TandemHeart percutaneous ventricular assist device) as part of a planned, pre-emptive approach for postcardiotomy support in a patient with severe mitral regurgitation, moderate tricuspid regurgitation, and biventricular failure. To our knowledge, this report documents the 1st use of a percutaneous ventricular assist device as an elective support device in a patient undergoing high-risk mitral or tricuspid valve surgery.

Keywords: Cardiac surgi-cal procedures; circulatoryassistance, temporary; heart failure; heart-assist devices, ventricular; mitral valve replacement; tricuspid valve replacement.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Heart Failure / etiology
  • Heart Failure / surgery
  • Heart-Assist Devices*
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Care / methods*
  • Mitral Valve Insufficiency / complications
  • Mitral Valve Insufficiency / surgery*
  • Prosthesis Implantation / instrumentation*
  • Risk Factors
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Tricuspid Valve Insufficiency / complications
  • Tricuspid Valve Insufficiency / surgery*