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The Complete Guide to Pediatric Cardiac Surgery: What You Need to Know

Dr Ashwani Bansal
The Complete Guide to Pediatric Cardiac Surgery: What You Need to Know

Pediatric Cardiac Surgery: What You Need to Know

Pediatric heart surgery is the surgical repair of congenital heart defects. Pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons are pediatric specialists with a sub-specialty in these types of cardiovascular conditions.

Pediatric cardiac surgery is a complex and delicate procedure with significant risks. Only the most experienced surgeons should undertake this type of surgery. Nevertheless, many times parents find themselves confronting the dilemma of whether or not to consent to their child's cardiac surgery.

Introduction: The Heart and Lungs

The human heart and lung are the most important organs in a human's body. These organs work together to circulate blood through the body as well as provide a steady source of oxygen. The heart pumps blood from the body's largest vein, called the vena cava, to smaller vessels near it called pulmonary veins. These vessels then carry oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to all parts of the body.

What is Pediatric Cardiac Surgery?

Pediatric cardiac surgery is a surgical procedure that repairs congenital heart defects in infants, children, and adolescents. The procedure is performed by cardiothoracic surgeons who specialize in the operating room techniques necessary for pediatric cardiac surgery.

How do Pediatric Cardiac Surgeons Help?

Pediatric cardiac surgeons are specialists who work with children and their families to treat congenital heart defects. They perform a variety of surgical procedures, including open heart surgery, corrective surgery on heart valves, and coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG).

Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon's Role in the Operation Room

Pediatric cardiothoracic surgery is a surgical specialty that involves the treatment of congenital and acquired heart diseases in infants, children and adolescents. Pediatric cardiac surgeons are trained to manage complex congenital heart defects, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, coarctation of the aorta and related vascular problems.

Pre-Op Preparation for Your Child's Surgery

A hospital stay is an eventful and stressful time for any child. It is important to prepare them beforehand with a few basic tips to help make the experience more pleasant.

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