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Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)

In this article, we have covered the following aspects of Left Ventricular Assist Device procedure:

  • Best Hospitals in India for LVAD
  • Top Specialists in India for LVAD
  • Cost of Left Ventricular Assist Device procedure
  • Understanding Left Ventricular Assist Device procedure

Best Doctors and Hospitals for LVAD procedure in India

Following is a list of the most reputed specialists in India for LVAD.
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Doctor ImageDr. NameSpecialtyHospital AssociatedContact DoctorCity
Dr. Surendra Nath Khanna Cardiac SurgeonFortis Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre Delhi
Dr Krishna Subramony Iyer Dr. Krishna Subramony Iyer Cardiac SurgeonFortis Escorts Heart Institute and Research CentreDelhi
Dr. Z S MeharwalDr. Z.S.MeharwalCardiac SurgeonFortis Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre Delhi
Dr. Yugal K Mishra Cardiac SurgeonFortis Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre Delhi
Dr Vivek jawaliDr. Vivek JawaliCardiac SurgeonFortis Hospital, Bannerghata Bangalore
Dr. K R BalakrishnanDr. K R BalakrishnanCTVSFortis Malar Hospital Chennai
Dr. Sanjay GuptaDr. Sanjay GuptaCTVSFortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall HospitalNew Delhi
Dr. Raju VyasDr. Raju VyasCTVSFortis HospitalDelhi
Dr. Anvay Mulay Cardiac SurgeonFortis Hospital, Mulund Mumbai
Dr Naresh TrehanDr. Naresh Trehan Cardiac SurgeonMedanta – The MedicityGurgaon
Dr. Anil Bhan Cardiac SurgeonMedanta – The MedicityGurgaon
Dr. Murtaza A Chishti Cardiac SurgeonArtemis Hospital Gurgaon
Dr. Nandkishore KapadiaDr. Nandkishore Kapadia
Cardiac SurgeonKokilaben Dhirubai Ambani Hospital Mumbai
Dr. Suresh RaoDr. Suresh Rao Cardiac SurgeonKokilaben Dhirubai Ambani HospitalMumbai
Dr. Sandeep AttawarCardiac SurgeonGlobal Hospitals Chennai
Dr Zainulabedin Hamdulay Cardiac SurgeonGlobal HospitalsMumbai
Dr. Bhaba Nanda DasDr. Bhaba Nanda DasCTVSIndraprastha Apollo HospitalNew Delhi
Dr. Mukesh GoelDr. Mukesh GoelCTVSIndraprastha Apollo HospitalNew Delhi
Dr. Pradheep KrishnamohanDr. Pradheep KrishnamohanCTVSCARE HospitalsHyderabad
Dr. P C GuptaDr. P C GuptaVascular SurgeonCARE HospitalsHyderabad
Dr. Gnaneswar AtturuDr. Gnaneswar AtturuVascular SurgeonCARE HospitalsHyderabad
Dr. Rahul ChandolaDr. Rahul ChandolaCTVSCARE HospitalsHyderabad
Dr. G Rama SubramanyamDr. G Rama SubramanyamCardio Thoracic SurgeonCARE HospitalsHyderabad
Dr. Ajay Kaul Cardiac SurgeonBLK Super Specialty Hospital Delhi
Dr. Sushant Srivastava Cardiac SurgeonBLK Super Specialty Hospital Delhi
Dr. (Col) Kumud Rai Cardiac SurgeonMax Super Specialty Hospital Delhi
Dr. Rajneesh MalhotraDr. Rajneesh Malhotra Cardiac SurgeonMax Super Specialty Hospital Delhi
Dr. Anil KapoorDr. Anil KapoorCTVSJaypee HospitalNoida
Dr Rajesh SharmaDr. Rajesh Sharma Cardiac SurgeonJaypee Hospital Noida
Dr. Manoj LuthraDr. Manoj LuthraCardiac SurgeonJaypee HospitalNoida
Dr. Suresh V JoshiDr. Suresh V JoshiCardiac SurgeonWockhardt HospitalsMumbai
Dr. Murali BabuDr. Murali BabuCTVSNarayana Multispeciality HospitalBangalore
Dr. Mrinalendu DasDr. Mrinalendu DasPaediatric Cardiac SurgeonRabindra Nath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac SciencesKolkata
Dr. Pradeep NarayanDr. Pradeep NarayanCardiac SurgeonRabindra Nath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac SciencesKolkata
Dr. Lalit KapoorDr. Lalit KapoorCTVSRabindra Nath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac SciencesKolkata
Dr. (Prof) Amitabha ChakrabartiDr. (Prof) Amitabha ChakrabartiThoracic SurgeonNarayana Multispeciality HospitalKolkata
Dr. Devi Prasad ShettyDr. Devi Prasad ShettyCTVSNarayana Multispeciality HospitalBangalore
Dr. Robbie GeorgeDr. Robbie GeorgeVascular SurgeonMazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre (MSCC)Bangalore
Dr. Shekhar RaoDr. Shekhar RaoPaediatric CTVSNarayana Institute of Cardiac SciencesBangalore
Dr. Ramesh SeshadriDr. Ramesh SeshadriCTVSNarayana Institute of Cardiac SciencesBangalore
Dr. Priyankar SinhaDr. Priyankar SinhaCTVSNarayana Institute of Cardiac SciencesBangalore
Dr. Shripal DoshiDr. Shripal DoshiCTVSSir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research CentreMumbai
Dr. Shivaprakash KrishnanaikDr. Shivaprakash KrishnanaikPediatric Cardiac SurgeonSir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research CentreMumbai
Dr. Ali Asgar BehranwalaDr. Ali Asgar BehranwalaCTVSSir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research CentreMumbai
Dr. Colin JohnDr. Colin JohnCardiac SurgeonNarayana Institute of Cardiac SciencesBangalore
Dr. Aseem R. SrivastavaDr. Aseem R. SrivastavaCardiac SurgeonArtemis HospitalGurgaon
Dr. Nitin GoelDr. Nitin Goel Cardiac SurgeonArtemis HospitalGurgaon

Cost of LVAD in India

LVADs have earlier been used as ‘bridge-to-transplant’ that is, until a cadaveric donor is available. The cost of such LVADs have been in the range of USD 30,000-60,000. However, these days, LVADs are also available at Destination Therapy (DT) which acts like a heart for rest of life. The costs of DT LVADs could be almost double of the former. It also depends on the brand.

Left Ventricular Assist Device procedure (LVAD)

Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) is an advanced treatment prescribed by the cardiologists to improve the life expectancy of heart failure patients. LVAD is recommended to those waiting for heart transplant and facing end-stage heart failure. Such patients can survive with LVAD till they get a donor heart for transplantation as the device boosts their heart’s function. Destination LVAD is a permanent replacement for Heart Transplant.

Ventricles are the lower muscular chambers in the heart that pump blood to the body organs. If either one or both ventricles are not able to pump sufficient blood to sustain life, left ventricular assist device can be used to do the same. LVAD is a battery-operated device. It is a kind of mechanical pump with a tube that helps the weakened heart to supply the blood normally to all the organs of the body.

How LVAD works

LVAD has three basic parts – a pump, a power unit and an external battery unit. The pump is surgically implanted near the heart with one part attached to the left ventricle and the other end to the aorta. Blood from the ventricles flows into the pump and passed into the aorta. A cable from the pump exits your body through a cut in the abdomen which connects to the controller and battery outside the body.

LVAD implantation surgery takes about six hours. The hospital stay is of approximately three weeks.

LVAD as an alternative to heart transplant

Doctors and patients are now finding it as a viable option than a heart transplant. It is gaining acceptance even more because there is a shortage of donor hearts and the patient can survive with the device. It allows faster recovery than a heart transplant procedure. The expected life of the device, as per FDA certification is 60 years.

LVADs are now more portable and can be implanted in both children and adults. The manufacturers are also working towards a miniature device that can be completely placed inside the body, reducing the hassles of wearing a part outside the body.

Benefits LVAD over heart transplant

  • No waiting period like heart transplant.
  • Unlike a heart transplant, after LVAD procedure you do not require immune-suppressants but only one blood thinning medicine for smooth blood flow.
  • If the heart ventricle retrieves over the time LVAD can be removed.
  • Ventricular devices are functional in all types of blood groups unlike heart transplant in which matching blood group is necessary.

Note (for foreign patients):

Besides South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka), every year, India gets thousands of medical tourists from African countries- Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Ghana, Somalia,Gambia etc and Middle Eastern countries like Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, Yemen etc. Hence, if you are a citizen of any of these countries, there is good likelihood that you will be meeting some fellow citizens or same language speakers in the major hospitals in India. Almost all the top hospitals have translators for people of these region. Our patient support team is also well placed to assist you.

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