Heart defect repair is surgery to fix a heart
problem that prevents blood from flowing normally through the heart. The doctor
will make a large cut (incision) in your child's chest. The incision usually is
made through the breastbone (sternum). But some types of heart defects are
repaired through an incision in the side of the chest between the ribs. The
doctor will connect your child to a machine that does the jobs of the heart and
lungs (heart-lung bypass machine). This machine will allow the doctor to stop
your child's heartbeat while the doctor works on the heart.
the heart is repaired, the doctor will restart your child's heartbeat and
disconnect the heart-lung machine. Then the doctor will use stitches
to close the incision in your child's chest.
Some heart defects
can be repaired with one surgery. But it is possible that your child may need
more than one surgery to fix the defect.
Your child will probably
spend about 5 days in the hospital.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and
go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems.
It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the
medicines your child takes.
Having surgery can be
stressful both for your child and for you. This information will help you
understand what you can expect and how to safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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