Inflow graft interruption as a simple method for left ventricular assist device removal after successful bridge to recovery

J Card Surg. 2012 May;27(3):397-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8191.2012.01447.x. Epub 2012 Apr 16.


In this report we provide another method of ventricular assist device separation by simply transecting the inflow graft of a Heart Mate II LVAD without the need of dissecting the left ventricular apex for cases of myocardial recovery.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Device Removal / methods*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Heart Failure / rehabilitation
  • Heart Failure / surgery*
  • Heart-Assist Devices*
  • Humans
  • Recovery of Function*
  • Thoracotomy
  • Treatment Outcome