Complications of VAD Surgery & Adverse Events

Complications of VAD surgery are similar to the potential complications of any open-heart surgery procedure. You will be asked to sign a surgical consent form prior to the operation, as well as a consent form for blood transfusions. Your surgeon will discuss potential risks and benefits with you prior to the procedure.


Possible serious adverse events include the following:

  • Neurological problems (such as stroke)
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Device malfunction (pump replacement)
  • Kidney and liver dysfunction
  • Right heart failure
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Death

Click here for the HeartMate II Instructions for Use about indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions. Individual experiences, symptoms, situations, and circumstances may vary. For additional resources click here. Please consult your physician or qualified health provider regarding your condition and appropriate medical treatment.