Total Knee Arthroplasty in Patients With a Left Ventricular Assist Device

Garrett R. Leonard, Charles Davis

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Many patients with severe cardiac disease can now live for a prolonged period with left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), and some patients will develop noncardiac medical issues that may benefit from surgical intervention. Previous studies have reported a low rate of complications in patients with LVADs undergoing noncardiac surgical procedures. We report the cases of 2 patients with LVADs who underwent total knee arthroplasties for osteoarthritis. Both patients had significant pain relief and improved function; however, management of anticoagulation and bleeding complications was challenging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)376.e1-376.e3
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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