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Washing and swimming

Following your Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implant you will not be able to be immersed in water. You should not swim, take a bath, use a hot tub or go in a sauna.

Showering may be allowed, but only after sufficient healing around the driveline exit site and after gaining permission from a doctor. Shower bags are available and protect external system components from water and moisture.

If external system components come into contact with water or moisture, you may receive a serious electrical shock or the device may stop.

Last reviewed: 24 May 2023