Scripps offers patients access to advanced mechanical circulatory support (MCS) options, including left ventricular assist device implants (LVAD), for the treatment of heart failure by the region’s top cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons.
The Scripps LVAD program has earned the highest accreditation from The Joint Commission with the Gold Seal of Approval and Advanced Certification. Scripps is also ranked among the best in San Diego for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
Learn more about mechanical assist and LVAD devices and how they work.
The experienced teams of cardiologists at Scripps who perform LVAD placement and MCS device implant surgeries have completed hundreds of successful procedures for patients from across San Diego and the western U.S. The team actively participates in clinical trials for advancements in this area of specialized heart care.
Scripps cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons are experts in heart failure and have helped to advance this specialized field. Scripps physicians are nationally recognized leaders and serve on several national panels and committees dedicated to heart failure and its treatment with MCS/LVAD. Our physicians are involved in clinical trials that hold the promise of greater advancements in heart care. See Scripps clinical trials that are currently recruiting.
Scripps patients implanted with an LVAD do well because of the quality and coordination of care they receive from the LVAD team. The average hospital stay post-surgery for Scripps LVAD patients is two to three weeks. Our cardiac surgeons and cardiologists participate in regular patient status checks with intensive care physicians, pharmacists, nurses and nurse practitioners, nutritionists and physical therapists, to ensure the highest quality care and positive clinical outcomes.
Prebys Cardiovascular Institute is ushering in a new era of heart care that includes dedicated units for heart failure patients and trained multidisciplinary teams of case managers, social workers, financial coordinators, dietitians, pharmacists, research coordinators and palliative care experts to support doctors and nurses in caring for our patients. LVAD implant surgeries are performed in the state-of-the-art operating suites at Prebys Cardiovascular Institute.
Scripps provides monthly LVAD informational sessions for you to learn more about this treatment option. These sessions are led by an MCS nurse practitioner and include a cardiothoracic surgeon or heart failure cardiologist who are available to answer your questions. Additionally, you may find these resources helpful: