Sometimes the LVAD has to be replaced. 65% of patients who get a second LVAD are still alive one year after that surgery. 60% of patients who get a third LVAD are still alive one year after surgery.
MONTHS AFTER LVAD SURGERY: PERCENTAGE OF PATIENTS LIVING
By contrast, without an LVAD, only 25-50% of people with end-stage heart failure will be alive one year later.
PERCENTAGE OF PATIENTS WITH MAJOR COMPLICATIONS OVER TIME AFTER LVAD SURGERY:
36 months after LVAD surgery, 86% of patients have experienced at least one major complication. Chances of longer-term complications are more uncertain.