Congenital heart defect - corrective surgery


Congenital heart defect corrective surgery fixes or treats a heart defect that a child is born with. A baby born with one or more heart defects has congenital heart disease. Surgery is needed if the defect could harm the child's health or well-being.

Alternative Names

Congenital heart surgery; Patent ductus arteriosus ligation; Hypoplastic left heart repair; Tetralogy of Fallot repair; Coarctation of the aorta repair; Atrial septal defect repair; Ventricular septal defect repair; Truncus arteriosus repair; Total anomalous pulmonary artery correction; Transposition of great vessels repair; Tricuspid atresia repair; VSD repair; ASD repair


There are many types of pediatric heart surgery.

Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) ligation:

Coarctation of the aorta repair:

Atrial septal defect (ASD) repair:

Ventricular septal defect (VSD) repair:

Tetralogy of Fallot repair:

The surgery involves:

The child may have a shunt procedure done first. A shunt moves blood from one area to another. This is done if the open-heart surgery needs to be delayed because the child is too sick to go through surgery.

Transposition of the great vessels repair:

Truncus arteriosus repair:

Tricuspid atresia repair:

Total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR) correction:

Hypoplastic left heart repair:


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