Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Pediatric Heart Procedures

Our surgeons strive to provide advanced surgical options for children with congenital heart defects. In particular, the care of newborn infants with cardiac abnormalities and single ventricle physiology continues to be a source of strength and excellence. CHRISTUS Health is home to a dedicated pediatric cardiothoracic surgical operating room, which is reserved only for the care of children with cardiothoracic surgical needs.

Experienced Pediatric Surgeons

The Heart Center team offers a unique combination of extensive practical experience, research, and teaching. Patients benefit from a full range of services in one location. Our all-inclusive approach allows for seamless admission, surgical, postoperative recovery and discharge processes. This approach enables us to provide a comfortable and caring environment. Our care team offers an array of pediatric heart procedures, including:

  • Aortic arch repair line
  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Arterial switch operation (ASO)
  • Atrioventricular canal defect repair
  • Double switch procedures
  • Hypoplastic right heart syndrome
  • Repair of anomalous coronary artery
  • Ross procedure
  • Shunt surgery (B-T shunt, Sano procedure, Glenn shunt)
  • Transposition of the great arteries repair

Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology

Subspecialty cardiac-trained anesthesiologists provide anesthetic care for children within our program. Their expertise is utilized in the operating room, catheterization lab, as well as in the intensive care units. They provide 24-hour coverage for any child on the cardiac service who is in need of anesthetic specialty care.

Pediatric Perfusion

Children are not just small adults. That is why our perfusion team specializes in pediatric perfusion. Our team members are skilled allied-health professionals trained and educated specifically as members of the congenital heart surgery team. They are responsible for the selection, setup and operation of the heart-lung machine and any other circulation equipment during medical procedures where it is necessary to support or temporarily replace a patient's respiratory or circulatory functions. 

This allows the surgeons to perform complex procedures inside the heart while the heart-lung machine is able to provide life-sustaining oxygenated blood to the child's body. During this period, it is important to maintain the body in physiologic balance as though the body was working under its own normal circumstances.