Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Pediatric Heart Procedures

Pediatric Cardiothoracic surgery focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of congenital (inborn) and acquired heart or thoracic (chest) diseases in infants, children, and adolescents. It involves diagnosing abnormalities in the structure or function of the heart and lungs, then performing specialized surgical procedures to correct the condition. The surgical procedures include open-heart surgery, minimally invasive surgeries, cardiac catheterization, valve repair and replacement, cardiac arrhythmias, removal of tumors from the chest and lungs, and reconstruction of the heart and chest. 

Experienced Pediatric Surgeons

CHRISTUS Health 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.

CHRISTUS Children's - The Heart Center

CHRISTUS Children's specializes in pediatric care for infants, children and adolescents as well as maternal and fetal care for women with high-risk and routine pregnancies. From birth to age 18, CHRISTUS Children’s provides comprehensive, coordinated care from a team of pediatric and maternal experts.

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