Preparation and Insertion of the Impella® Heart Pump for Surgical Procedures
On this site you will find an overview of all the important steps for performing a surgical procedure with an Impella heart pump. With our training videos and poster, you can access additional materials to help you plan your procedure.
Impella 5.5® with SmartAssist® heart pump is inserted either directly through the axillary artery or ascending aorta using a single access point.
Benefits of the Impella 5.5 with SmartAssist are:
- Unloading of the left ventricle
- Perfusion of the end organs
- Enabling recovery of the native heart
Start: Preparation of the Materials
Before a surgical procedure with an Impella heart pump, it is particularly important to prepare the insertion kit as well as the materials to be provided by the hospital.
Impella Preparation and Insertion Kit
Checklist for materials provided by the hospital
Preparation: Axillary insertion of the Impella 5.5® Heart Pump
The preparation step for axillary insertion includes, among other things, choosing the access route and de-airing the heart pump.
Graft anastomosis surgery
De-airing the Impella heart pump
Placement and Positioning of the Impella® Catheter
This step includes the actual use of the Impella heart pump and addresses its placement and positioning as well as verification of these factors through the use of imaging techniques.
Placement of the Impella pump
Positioning the Impella pump
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Resources from the Education Library
EACTS 2023: Kaveh Eghbalzadeh - Awake Insertion of Impella 5.5 with SmartAssist
Discover Kaveh Eghabalzadeh's, MD, presentation at EACTS 2023.
EACTS 2023: Evgenij Potapov - pMCS,ECLS, ECpella, ECmella - When, How and for Whom?
Prof. Evgenij Potapov, MD, discusses temporary MCS options for cardiogenic shock, highlighting the ECMELLA 2+ concept.
EACTS 2023: Scott Silvestry: Impella 5.5® and Impella RP Flex® Experience
Scott Silvestry, MD, discusses his experience with Impella 5.5® and Impella RP Flex® at EACTS 2023.
Impella Heart Pumps in Cardiac Surgery
A heart pump designed for surgeons with forward flow and intelligent patient management
Percutaneous and axillary insertion, increased flow and intelligent patient management