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.
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Tom Barbera’s heart failure came on quickly and doctors at UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital used an artificial heart, amazing technology that gave him time to wait for a heart transplant. After more than a year’s wait, he received the gift of life on Oct. 30, 2017.
Organ transplantation success stories like Barbera’s are not possible without the generosity of organ donors. UR Medicine has provided the gift of life to more than 250 people since Strong Memorial’s heart transplant program began in 2001.
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Let Us Guide You On Your Heart Transplant Journey
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.