The Thoratec System Implanted as a Modified Total Artificial Heart: the Bad Oeynhausen Technique
AbstractThe CardioWest™ total artificial heart (SynCardia Systems, Tuscon, AZ, USA) is the only FDA-approved total artificial heart determined as a bridge to human heart transplantation for patients dying of biventricular heart failure. Implantation provides immediate hemodynamic restoration and clinical stabilization, leading to end-organ recovery and thus eventually allowing cardiac transplantation. Occasionally, implantation of a total artificial heart is not feasible for anatomical reasons. For this patient group, we have developed an alternative technique using the paracorporeal Thoratec biventricular support system (Thoratec, Pleasanton, CA, USA) as a modified total artificial heart. A detailed description of the implantation technique is presented.
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Arusoglu, L., Reiss, N., Morshuis, M., Schoenbrodt, M., Hakim-Meibodi, K., & Gummert, J. (2010). The Thoratec System Implanted as a Modified Total Artificial Heart: the Bad Oeynhausen Technique. The Heart Surgery Forum, 13(6), E391-E393. https://doi.org/10.1532/HSF98.20101142