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What to expect

HeartMate II has helped many people with advanced heart failure to get moving again and take control of their lives. Build confidence by learning what’s ahead.

What happens before, during, and after surgery?

Before surgery, your doctor at the HeartMate II Center will talk to you and your family about possible risks and complications.

During open-heart surgery, HeartMate II will be implanted. The operation usually takes about 3 to 6 hours.

After surgery, your doctor will check to make sure the device and equipment settings are appropriate for your needs.


“Adjusting to HeartMate II was quite simple. I really had no problem with it whatsoever. In fact, I don’t even think about it!”

Dennis HeartMate II recipient

Before leaving the hospital

  • Your medical team will teach you and your caregivers about living with the HeartMate II system
  • Your medical team will show you how to take care of the surgical site where the driveline passes through your skin

After you return home

  • You will still have regular checkups with your personal physician and the medical team at the HeartMate II Center
  • You may return to daily life with few limits and you may have more energy to do the things you enjoy*

*You cannot play water sports or contact sports because some parts of the HeartMate II system are located outside the body.

For indications for use, contraindications, warnings, and adverse events view our HeartMate II safety information. Individual experiences, symptoms, situations, and circumstances may vary. Please consult your physician or qualified healthcare provider regarding your condition and appropriate medical treatment.


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