Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital offers rehabilitation services for patients who are recovering from surgery in which a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) was implanted.
VADs are mechanical pumps that extend the lives of patients who await a heart transplant or are ineligible to receive a transplant. VADs use batteries or electricity to pump blood from the lower chambers of the heart (the ventricles) to the rest of the body. The lines connect to a battery pack and control panel typically worn on a vest or belt.
Post-Surgical Rehabilitative Care
Following implantation surgery, Good Shepherd provides rehabilitation services to help you recover and learn how to maintain your device.
As you recover, you will receive:
Growing Stronger Safely
Most likely you will feel weak following your surgery. For your safety, we closely monitor your blood pressure and cardiac and fluid status to prevent stroke or heart attack.
Therapy begins as soon as possible. A team comprised of physicians, nurses, and physical and occupational therapists:
VADs are complex machines with battery packs and control panels worn outside of he body. It is important to understand how to properly care for them.
We teach you to:
Read a success story - Woman with LVAD Heart Pump Successfully Rehabs at Good Shepherd 
For more information about Good Shepherd’s VAD Rehabilitation Program, call 1-888-44-REHAB or contact us .