General surgical complications associated with the use of long-term mechanical circulatory support devices: Are we 'under-reporting' problems?

Vakhtang Tchantchaleishvili, Ramanan Umakanthan, Seth Karp, John M. Stulak, Mary E. Keebler, Simon Maltais

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Abstract

Multiple complications are associated with use of ventricular assist devices (VADs). Cardiac-related complications and infections are most frequently reported. VADs, however, can also lead to a number of general surgical complications equally significant in terms of morbidity and mortality. The authors performed a systematic literature search to review current data that specifically relate general surgical complications to patients who undergo left VAD implantation. The review provides a relatively clear understanding of the spectrum of general surgical complications and shows that they contribute significantly to morbidity and mortality in these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-387
Number of pages9
JournalExpert review of medical devices
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2013

Keywords

  • VAD
  • general surgery complication
  • morbidity
  • mortality
  • noncardiac complication
  • ventricular assist device

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Biomedical Engineering

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