- Joined: 9 Sep 2011
- Washington, D.C.
Hospital Stay Post LVAD Implantation
A typical length of stay post LVAD implantation varies. How long was your stay? What do you credit for helping you get out in the time frame you did?
- Since: June 2012
- Joined: 31 Jul 2012
- homer Glen, Illinois
I had my implant 6/15/12 requiring 36-39 units of blood products. I was unconscious even after drugs stopped for several days. Required multiple defib shocks and chest compressions on fourth day after surgery for A Fib episodes. Woke up on the 22nd and went home on 7/3/12. Returned to hospital on 7/10 because pump readings were out not acceptable +++ & 13.0. Massive doses of blood thinners and 4 days later I went home again. numbers attributed to the 6 weeks break-in period. Numbers have been fine since. First clinic visit 8/1 and i expect a lot of the restrictions to be lifted. No chest pain for about a week now and endurance is increasing exponentially. Anticipate release to work from home for a few days a week until second clinic visit. We shall see. Prayer and physical help from all my friends and church family have made the experience a whole lot easier. Go is GOOD... ALL the time. Now the wait for a new heart...
- Since: May 2011
- Joined: 8 May 2012
- Hendersonville, NORTH CAROLINA
My LVAD was placed 5/23/12 and I was home 6/1/12. I credit my short stay to my fair health(all things considered...;) ) prior to the surgery, the grace of God and my families support. Not necessarily in that order, either!
I also had a wonderful team of nurses and therapists (PT and OT) as well as an amazing surgical team at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC.
- Since: March 2011
- Joined: 11 May 2012
- Houma, Louisiana
I'm 35 years old and I had my LVAD implanted 3/22/2012 and was released 4/16/2012 with a one week stay prior to the LVAD surgery. I. Doing very well I was able to return to work(office job) on 5/14/2012.
- Since: October 2011
- Joined: 18 Jan 2012
- Malden, MA
I had my LVAD implanted mid October 2011, afer two weeks in the hospital I was scheduled to come home. Two days before release I started having red heart alarms, the flow was very low and I was brought back to surgery to have a second LVAD implant. I was released from the hospital just before Thanksgiving, I'm still struggling with fatgue and light headedness It's now the end of February. I can't wait to start to feel better. I hope others haven't had all the issues I have had.
- Joined: 25 Nov 2011
- Beaumont, California
My husband had the LVAD implanted on 10/27/11 and his hospital stay was a week. He was released on 11/4/11.
He is doing good. His doctors are impressed with his improved each time we see them.
- Since: July 2011
- Joined: 7 Nov 2011
- Saint Albans, West Virginia
I had my implant surgery the evening of 7/8/11 and was released from the hospital on 7/20/11.
I credit God with my rapid release, and the fact that God and my family gave me the will power I needed to get out of the hospital so fast.