EXCOR®Pediatric is a paracorporeal, pulsatile ventricular assist device, or VAD for short. Paracorporeal means that the actual blood pumps are located outside of the body, and are connected to the heart and blood vessels via cannulas. EXCOR®Pediatric can be used to support one ventricle (left-sided / LVAD) or both ventricles (bilateral / BVAD).
The EXCOR®device has small pumps that can be used to support the left or right or both sides of the patient’s heart. The pump or pumps is/are connected to tubes (cannulas) that are sewn onto the heart. A machine outside of the patient’s body is used to make the pumps move the blood through the heart. This may help improve the blood flow to the patient’s body.