The Scripps LVAD program is staffed by an experienced team of cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons who have performed hundreds of successful LVAD and mechanical circulatory support (MCS) implants for patients from across San Diego and throughout the Western U.S.
The MCS/LVAD clinical team includes:
Our heart failure and transplant cardiologists specialize in caring for patients with decreased heart function. Your cardiologist will thoroughly evaluate your health and work with your care team to develop your personalized treatment plan.
Our nurse practitioners, physician assistants and registered nurses have extensive education and training in heart failure and assist our cardiologists and surgeons during surgery, as well as caring for you before and after surgery.
Your LVAD implant surgery will be performed in the state-of-the-art operating suites at Prebys Cardiovascular Institute. Prebys Cardiovascular Institute is ushering in a new era of heart care that includes dedicated units for heart failure patients and trained multidisciplinary teams who support doctors and nurses in caring for our patients. These teams include:
- LVAD nurse coordinator: Working collaboratively with your health care team, this nurse will assist you and your family throughout the evaluation process to provide education, answer questions and coordinate your care both in the LVAD clinic and the hospital. Your LVAD coordinator will train you how to safely use all the LVAD equipment.
- Case managers: Our case managers work with you, your care team and your insurance provider to review your care plan and ensure that you receive seamless care through your discharge home.
- Social workers: Should you need assistance with transportation, home needs or other concerns, our social workers are available to help. Our social workers provide extra support to you and are available to help you and your family adjust to new changes you experience after LVAD surgery. They also assist in coordinating community services and research such as applying for disability or the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
- Financial coordinators: Our financial coordinators will help you understand and address any expenses not covered by your insurance, such as medications and medical supplies needed after surgery.
- Dietitians: Registered dietitians will advise you on your diet and nutritional needs to help you achieve your specific health-related goals.
- Pharmacists: Our pharmacists will review your medications and answer any questions about their use or possible side effects.
- Palliative care experts: A team of palliative care specialists will help provide symptom management and whole person support as you pursue your LVAD journey. This team helps align your care to your personal goals for the best quality of life.
- Psychiatrists: Anxiety and depression are common in patients with advanced heart failure, as well as those undergoing open heart surgery. Psychiatrists are available to provide support and counseling. Patients with a history of drug or alcohol abuse may be asked to complete a rehabilitation program.
- Physical and occupational therapists: Our therapists will work with you to help you improve your mobility and strength both before and after surgery through our cardiac rehabilitation program.