Similar to a heart transplant, the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart (TAH-t) replaces both ventricles and the four heart valves.


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Step 1

Cut the circumferential 1 cm distal-to-AV groove

Step 2

Expose mitral valves

Step 3

Cut ends of pulmonary artery and aorta

Step 4

Oversew coronary sinus

Step 5

Invert inflow connectors, running suture around inflow cuffs, then evert inflow connectors

Step 6

Pressure test suture lines

Step 7

End-to-end anastomosis of aorta and pulmonary artery

Step 8

Pressure test suture lines

Step 9

Connect ventricles to quick connects

Step 10

Process is complete. Illustration represents implanted Total Artificial Heart prior to GORE-TEX® wrap

Additional Resources

Implantation of temporary Total Artificial Heart in Congenital Heart Disease

Adachi I, Morales DSL.
Journal of Visualized Experiments. 2014;(89). doi:10.3791/51569.

Implantation of the SynCardia  temporary Total Artificial Heart

Tang DG, Shah KB, Hess ML, Kasirajan V.
Journal of Visualized Experiments. 2014;(89). doi:10.3791/50377.