Novel totally implantable trans-ventricular and cross-valvular cannular pump with rolling bearings and purge system for recovery therapy

K. X. Qian, D. F. Wang, S. Topaz, W. M. Ru, P. Zeng, H. Y. Yuan, J. B. Zwischenberg

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In the early 1990s, Yamazaki et al. developed a partly intra-ventricular pump, which was inserted into the left ventricle via the apex and then into the aorta through the aortic valve. The pump delivered blood flow directly from the left ventricle to the aorta, like a natural heart, and needed no inflow and outflow connecting tubes; it could be weaned off after the left ventricle had been recovered. The shortcomings were that the driving DC motor remained outside of the ventricle, causing an anatomic space problem, and the sealing and bearing were not appropriate for a durable device. Recently, a totally implantable trans-ventricular pump has been developed in the authors' laboratory. The device has a motor and a pump entirely contained within one cannula. The motor has a motor coil with iron core and a rotor with four-pole magnet; the pump has an impeller and an outflow guide vane. The motor part is 60 mm in length and 13 mm in diameter; the pump part is 55 mm in length and 11 mm in diameter. The total length of the device is therefore 115 mm. The total weight of the device is 53 g. The motor uses rolling bearing with eight needles on each side of the rotor magnets. A special purge system is devised for the infusion of saline mixed with heparin through bearing to the pump inlet (30 - 50 cc per hour). Thus neither mechanical wear nor thrombus formation along the bearing will occur. In haemodynamic testing, the pump can produce a flow of 4 l min-1 with 60 mmHg pressure increase, at a pump rotating speed of 12 500 rpm. At zero flow rate, corresponding to the diastolic period of the heart, the pump can maintain aortic blood pressure over 80 mmHg at the same rotating speed. This novel pump can be quickly inserted in an emergency and easily removed after recovery of natural heart. It will be useful for patients with acute left ventricular failure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-13
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Engineering and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007

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  • Biomedical Engineering


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