Deciding where a child will undergo heart surgery is one of the biggest decisions a parent can make. At CHOC Children's our specially trained pediatric experts in the Tidwell Procedure Center and Heart Institute work with patients and their caregivers to provide the top quality, compassionate care.The specially trained cardiac surgeons and specially trained specialists offer a complete range of heart surgery procedures, from ventricular or atrial septal defect repairs to the most complex procedures for children born with single ventricle heart defects, including hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The procedure that is right for your child depends on their unique problem, and your child’s cardiologist and cardiac surgeon will carefully plan the procedure to meet your child’s needs and carefully explain your child’s treatment.
Housed on the third floor of CHOC’s new Bill Holmes Tower, the Heart Institute is steps away from the hospital’s impressive offering of surgical services in the Tidwell Procedure Center that include dedicated state-of-the-art cardiovascular operating rooms featuring the latest heart-lung bypass technology. The Heart Institute’s surgical team includes pediatrics-trained congenital surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, among others with surgical specialties in the latest techniques to repair congenital heart defects in patients of all ages—from adolescents to low-birth-weight newborns. In fact, thanks to our prenatal cardiodiagnostic services, we are able to identify congenital heart lesions before birth in order to provide heart repair as early as possible. We have performed open-heart surgery in premature infants weighing as little as 1.4 kg.
After surgery, most patients will recover in our Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, which features state-of-the-art monitoring and lifesaving equipment and expert staff trained to work with pediatric cardiac patients. Our cardiac nursing staff is specially trained in the care of cardiac patients of all ages, from the tiniest newborn to teens. Once a patient is ready to go home, our cardiac nurse practitioner will coordinate discharge planning and provide education about what to expect during recuperation at home.
Will your child be undergoing heart surgery at CHOC Children's?
Learn more about:
- The Tidwell Procedure Center.
- How to prepare children of all ages for surgery.
- What to expepect the day of surgery.
- Patient- and family-centered care at the CHOC Children's Heart Institute.
- The Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at CHOC Children's.