Heart failure surgery and implantation of ventricular support systems as target therapy
Heart failure, i.e. the inability of the heart to adequately pump blood to organs, can be brought about by several causes.
The role of surgery in this field is manifold.
The surgeon may be called upon to perform myocardial revascularisation (coronary artery bypass) to restore blood to chronically hypoperfused areas of the heart, or to correct severe mitral regurgitation secondary to left ventricular dilatation.
In cases where the patient has terminal cardiac dysfunction that is not amenable to cardiac transplantation due to co-morbidities or age, and is not responsive to optimal medical therapy, our Centre can perform the implantation of ventricular assist devices, intracorporeally, even with minimally invasive access (left minithoracotomy and right minithoracotomy/ministernotomy).