Pediatric Heart Surgery in Los Angeles CA
When your child needs care for a pediatric congenital heart condition, only the very best will do. The Bethencourt Group’s renowned heart specialists deliver expert care for every pediatric congenital heart condition – from before your little one is even born to when they reach adulthood.
What are the different types of pediatric heart surgery?
Heart surgery in children is done to repair heart defects a child is born with (congenital heart defects) and heart diseases a child gets after birth that need surgery. The surgery is needed for the child’s wellbeing.There are three different techniques for fixing congenital defects of the heart in children. These include:
- Open Heart Surgery using a heart-lung bypass machine
- Closed Heart Surgery or a Thoracotomy
- Inserting small tubes into an artery in the leg and passed to the heart
Open Heart Surgery
Open-heart surgery refers to operations performed on the heart that require a patient being placed on the heart-lung bypass machine. The heart-lung bypass machine takes over the function of the heart and lungs to provide oxygenated blood to the body. The heart itself can then be opened and repair can be accomplished in a bloodless, still environment. In some situations, when on the cardiopulmonary bypass machine, the heart can be operated upon while still beating, but emptied. This usually occurs when the repair is on the right side and there are no holes between the left and right sides of the heart.
Closed Heart Surgery
A thoracotomy is a surgery to open the chest wall. The surgery allows access to the lungs, aorta, heart, diaphragm, and spine. Depending on the disease location, a thoracotomy may be done in the center, or on the right or left side of the chest.
From your first visit, you’ll work with a team of professionals who are committed to supporting all of your family’s medical, physical and emotional needs. Each step we take is focused on making your family’s experience as manageable as possible.