Bridge to Transplant: Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD)
At UR Medicine, we offer the most advanced treatments for heart failure, including Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) for eligible patients. VADs, also called “heart pumps,” are surgically implanted into your heart and help your heart pump blood throughout your body.
Some patients who are not eligible for a heart transplant right now may be able to get a VAD. This treatment option can keep patients alive and healthy while they wait for a transplant. Other patients who will never qualify for a heart transplant may be able to keep their VADs permanently.
UR Medicine is one of the most experienced VAD centers in the country. We were the first in the region to offer VADs to patients. We provide the most advanced VADs, including those that are implanted using minimally invasive surgery.
If you receive a VAD at UR Medicine and eventually need a transplant, our providers will already be familiar with your condition and your needs, allowing them to personalize your transplant care.
Learn more about VADs.
Become a Donor
Carrie Thornley Fisher was in heart failure near the end of her second pregnancy. After giving birth to a healthy boy, the 32-year-old spent nearly two months on life-saving mechanical support until she received a heart transplant at UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital, upstate New York’s only comprehensive heart failure service.
Organ transplantation success stories like Fisher’s are not possible without the generosity of organ donors. UR Medicine has provided the gift of life to more than 240 people since Strong Memorial’s heart transplant program began in 2001.
Become a Donor
Going through the transplant process is not easy. But you’re not alone. At UR Medicine, we’re here to help. We invite you to meet with our team. We can give you advice, answer questions and tell you more about our transplant programs.