Ventricular assist devices (VADs) provide mechanical circulatory support for patients with advanced heart failure. Patients with VADs are presenting for noncardiac surgery with increasing frequency. Understanding anesthetic management of patients with VADs is timely and necessary for perioperative physicians. We present 2 patients supported by left VADs who required intraoperative prone positioning, and how transesophageal echocardiography and VAD variables can be used to guide management.
From the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska.
Accepted for publication September 24, 2013
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