Treating Pediatric Congenital Heart Diseases

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Wockhardt Hospitals offers various advanced surgical therapies for congenital heart diseases for pediatric patients of all ages from newborns to adolescents.The conditions that we treat more often in the various age groups includes


Trans position of the great arteries (emergency switch procedures). In this condition the anatomical positions of the pulmonary artery and aorta was switched so that the aorta arises from the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery arises from the left ventricle.

This causes oxygen poor blood to be circulated to the body instead of oxygen rich blood, a life threatening medical emergency requiring immediate treatment.Our surgeons have pioneered the innovative arterial switch procedure that reestablishes normal anatomy and function while seeking to avoid complications that are associated with other surgical approaches.

Hypoplastic left heart Syndrome (Norwood procedure of Hypoplastic left heart); This is a condition in which the left side of the heart is incompletely formed.We have extensive experiance with the Norwood Procedure and stage palliation for the HLHS .Our success rate ranks among the best in the country for this type of repair and we are currently involved with a major multi institutional study evaluating this and other innovative procedures for the treatement of HLHS.


Tetralogy of Fallot:The most common cyanotic defect (the heart delivers less oxygen to the body than normal).This complex congenital condition consists of 4 developmental defects that require surgical correction early in childhood.

Ventricular Septal Defect:An opening in the wall that separates the two ventricles of the heart,causing mixing of oxygen-poor blood with oxygen-rich blood.

Atrial Septal Defect:An opening in the wall between the right and left atria that results in abnormal blood flow throught the heart.Left untreated,this condition can cause enlargement of the right side of the heart,arrhythmia s and , in some cases, pulmonary hypertension.

Coarctation of the aorta A constriction in the aorta that causes blood pressure to increase above the narrowed area while limiting blood flow to the body.

Atrioventricular Canals: large openings between the right and left sides of the heart.Usually,one large common valve replaces the normal mitral and tricuspid valves .Left untreated,this defect can cause poor growth malnourishment and enlargement of the heart and pulmonary hypertension.


Fontan procedure: Single ventricle,a collective term that describes defects in which oxygen-rich blood and poor blood are mixed in a single ventricle. Our pediatric cardiac surgeons have the expertise in the fontan procedure that directs oxygen poor blood directly to the pulmonary artery and lungs.The single ventricle is reservd for collecting oxygen rich blood from the lungs and then pumping it to the aorta and rest of the body.

Repair of previous surgery; Our team of pediatric cardiac surgeons has vast experiance,speciallty in performing repair surgeries on children suffering from complex heart problem such as blue babies,in transposition of great arteries(by performing switches and double swicthes) and Ross procedure.

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