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LVAD cost in India starts from US $ 90,000 and varies depending on your medical condition and history, surgeon, hospital and the city where you choose to get the procedure done.
Factors that affect LVAD cost in India:
The major cost that contributes to your LVAD surgery in India is going to be the device cost. Our panel of best heart hospitals in India use only FDA approved devices, which costs anywhere from $60-70,000 in the USA.
Heart Surgeon’s Fees
An important expense when it comes to your LVAD in India procedure is going to be your cardiologist’s fees. IndiCure recommends only experienced, skilled, board-certified surgeons who are capable of delivering successful heart surgeries. Although the charges may vary depending on the experience of the surgeon, you can be completely assured of being in safe and experienced hands when you choose heart surgery in India with IndiCure.
Type of Surgical Approach
With the hopes of improving patient care, new techniques and technologies are often introduced to the surgical process. Such innovative advancements in the surgical approach can increase costs.
Having your LVAD procedure in an accredited surgical facility by skilled and qualified medical staff is a critical factor. Moreover, the geographical location of this facility also affects the quote. But, IndiCure provides you with a projected estimate that will be affordable.
The surgery-related expenses include the pre- and post-surgical expenses. The pre-surgical expenses are associated with the age and medical condition of the patient and thus the number and type of investigations required. Post-surgical expenses may include prescription medications and follow-up consultations.
The cost quoted above is indicative and should not be taken as the final cost of the surgery. The final cost can be ascertained after the surgeon has evaluated the patient. The cost in Indian Rupees can vary based on exchange rate.
We at IndiCure, understand that you travel with a budget in mind and do not like to be greeted by surprises after arrival in India. We thus club all these expenses and give you the package cost that is inclusive and affordable at the same time.
Your case manager shall give you an estimated cost of your surgery after discussing your medical reports with the surgeon. The final cost, however, shall be confirmed after your consultation with the surgeon.
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How LVAD Works?
What is Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)?
A ventricular assist device (VAD), also known as a mechanical circulatory support device, is an implantable mechanical pump that assists in the pumping of blood from your heart’s lower chambers (ventricles) to the rest of your body. In those with weakening hearts or heart failure, a VAD is used.
Although a VAD can be implanted in your heart’s left, right, or both ventricles, it is most commonly used in the left. A left ventricular assist device is one that is implanted in the left ventricle (LVAD), and serves as a partial artificial heart.
The device can be used for short, intermediate, or long-term– typically to treat advanced heart failure.
While you wait for a heart transplant or for your heart to become strong enough to pump blood on its own, you may have a VAD implanted. If you have heart failure and are not a suitable candidate for a heart transplant, your doctor may propose that you have a VAD implanted as a long-term treatment.
How does the LVAD work?
The LVAD is placed by performing an open heart surgery. The components of an LVAD vary depending on the device type, but there are four core components:
In the chest, the pump unit is installed. The surgeon places it at the apex of the heart, where it gets blood. This blood is then sent to the aorta (the main artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body) via a tube. It pumps blood from the left ventricle to the aorta continuously.
A driveline (cable) and a control system are connected to the pump (controller). The driveline connects the device to the controller (a small computer) on the outside of your body through the skin on your belly (abdomen). The controller controls the pump and displays messages and alarms to aid in system operation.
The LVAD is powered by a power supply (rechargeable batteries or a wire that fits into an electrical outlet).
When is LVAD required?
Your doctor may recommend that you have a VAD implanted if:
You are waiting for a heart transplant : While you wait for a donor heart to become available, you may have a VAD installed temporarily. A VAD can keep blood flowing even if your heart is damaged, and it will be removed once your new heart is placed. It may also assist to enhance the performance of other organs in your body that aren’t operating properly, as well as other medical issues. A “bridge to transplant” is a VAD that is installed while you are waiting for a heart transplant.
Because of your age or other medical issues, you are currently ineligible for a heart transplant : People with heart failure who aren’t ideal candidates for a heart transplant are increasingly using VADs as a long-term treatment. If you’re over the age of 65, you might not be eligible for a heart transplant. In that case, the VAD would be implanted as a heart failure treatment. A VAD can help you live a better life.
Your heart’s function can become normal again : If your heart failure is only temporary, your doctor may recommend a VAD to keep your heart strong enough to pump blood on its own. The term “bridge to recovery” is used to describe this situation.
It’s also feasible that a VAD will be placed for a brief period of time during or after heart surgery. For a few weeks or months, you may have a VAD installed.
How is LVAD done?
Open heart surgery is needed to implant an LVAD. The surgery is done under general anesthesia and you will be asleep the entire time. The procedure lasts 4-6 hours.
The surgeon makes a long incision on the breastbone and accesses the heart by spreading the rib cage.
The surgeon connects one end of the LVAD tube to the heart’s left ventricle and a tube exiting the other end of the external LVAD to the aorta.
A small electrical cord connected to the LVAD (a driveline) exits from the upper abdomen and is connected to a power supply (either batteries or a plug-in) and a small computer to operate the device.
Once the device is working properly, the patient is taken off cardiopulmonary bypass and the chest is closed with stitches.
What is the Recovery after LVAD like?
Patients with an LVAD must carefully follow the guidelines given by their cardiac surgeon in order to improve their quality of life. Your ability to return home will be determined by your rate of recovery and medical condition.
Following surgery, cardiac rehabilitation is a vital program to participate in. Some activities, such as swimming, contact sports, and weight lifting, may be prohibited. Before and after the LVAD implant operation, it’s critical to maintain healthy lifestyle adjustments.
What Results Can I Expect from LVAD?
The LVAD improves the function of the kidneys, liver, brain, and other organs by increasing blood flow to the body; it also improves the patient’s strength and ability to participate in activities like cardiac rehabilitation by increasing blood flow to the body. The benefits of LVAD include:
Greater life expectancy: Patients with severe heart failure who receive an LVAD live longer than those who receive only medical treatment.
Better quality of life: Patients with severe heart failure can use an LVAD to participate in activities that were previously impossible.
Fewer symptoms of heart failure: Shortness of breath, excess fluid, and weariness are all signs of heart failure that an LVAD can help with. This allows patients to feel better and participate in everyday activities, avoiding heart failure hospitalization.
Questions to Ask
We at IndiCure completely understand your concerns and it is always our endeavor to provide the best outcome for every patient. Following is the list of questions you must ask before you embark on your journey for LVAD in India.
- Is the heart surgeon board certified?
- How experienced is the Surgeon?
- Which language does the surgeon speak?
- Is the treatment done in a well-equipped facility?
- What treatment option is recommended for me?
- What about the risks involved?
- Does the surgeon use a certified anesthetist?
- How long will the recovery period be?
Preparation for the Surgery
Prepare to answer questions about your:
- Medical history and exams
- Previous surgeries
- Current medication review
- History of smoking, drugs, or alcohol
Best Cardiologists in India
Dr. Ashok Seth
Dr. Ashok Seth is one of India’s most renowned and sought-after interventional cardiologists, and is regarded as one of the country’s top 10 cardiologists. He has over 32 years of expertise and is known for doing over 50,000 angiograms and 20,000 angioplasties. For executing one of the biggest numbers of angiographies and angioplasties in the world, he was inducted into the “LIMCA” Book of Records.
Dr. T. S. Kler
30+ Years of Experience
Dr. T.S. Kler is the Executive Director of Cardiac Sciences at Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurgaon, as well as the Head of the Cardiology Department. He was the first doctor in India to implant an implanted cardioverter defibrillator in April 1995. (ICD). He also built India’s first electrophysiology department.
Dr. (Col.) Manjinder Singh Sandhu
He is an interventional cardiologist with an impressive 16 years of post-DM expertise and has conducted over 20,000 procedures. His work focuses on difficult coronary treatments such as Primary angioplasty (with thrombosuction devices, IABP, and other techniques), Bifurcation lesions, Chronic complete occlusions, and Left Main lesions. Cutting balloons, angiosculpt, IVUS, Rotablation, and other supplementary devices are among his specialties.
Best Cardiology Hospitals in India
Indraprastha Apollo Hospital
Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi is a state of the art multi speciality tertiary-care hospital situated in the most posh area of South Delhi. Considered to be the flagship hospital of Apollo group, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital is one of the important landmarks not only in Delhi, but in the world map because of its popularity among the medical tourists. The hospital has been one of the most sought after medical institutions for patients from Asia Pacific and beyond.
Fortis Escorts Heart Institute
Fortis Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre is one of the most revered medical institutions not only in India, but the entire world. The institute has set benchmarks in cardiac care with path-breaking work over the last 25 plus years. The hospital has the most advanced technology and has seen the best outcomes even in the most complex cardiac cases; be it cardiac surgery, Interventional Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery or Non-invasive Cardiology
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Frequently Asked Questions
No. The heart is not replaced by a left ventricular assist device. Blood is taken from the left ventricle and sent to the aorta by the LVAD. It beats in time with the patient’s heart. This aids the left ventricle’s blood pumping.
With an LVAD, a patient can live for five and a half years or more. According to studies, 80–85 percent of patients survive for a year after receiving an LVAD, and 70–75 percent survive for two years. Patients who do not have an LVAD usually have a life expectancy of 12 months or fewer.
Most patients spend five to six days in the ICU after LVAD surgery before being transferred to a regular hospital room. The majority of patients stay in the hospital for two to three weeks./p>
The implantation of an LVAD is an extensive surgery requiring a two-three week stay in the hospital. Bleeding, blood clots, stroke, and infection are some of the dangers associated with the surgery.
It’s known as “Bridge to Transplant” when an LVAD is installed in a patient who is waiting for a heart transplant. The patient’s LVAD could stay in place for several years until a suitable heart donor becomes available. An LVAD can be installed as a permanent option if a patient is not eligible for a heart transplant.
A pacemaker and an LVAD serve very distinct roles. While an LVAD aids in the efficient pumping of blood, a pacemaker aids in the correction of an irregular or slow heartbeat. A pacemaker does not assist with pumping; rather, it generates electrical stimulation that regulates the heartbeat.
You will be able to work, exercise, and perform most of your other daily activities. However, you may need to make a few changes. You won’t be able to swim or play contact sports. If you’re flying, you’ll have to inform security that you have a device implanted.