Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery

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The Cardiovascular Center at St. Vincent Hospital is the largest in the state of Indiana and is consistently ranked as one of the top heart programs in the country by organizations such as the US News and World Report. Our goal is to provide the highest quality care for patients undergoing reconstructive cardiac surgery and transplantation. The facilities available to accomplish these goals at the Children’s Heart Center include:

  • Two pediatric cardiovascular surgical suites
  • Dedicated pediatric perfusion and OR personnel
  • Pediatric cardiac catheterization laboratories
  • Pediatric intensive care unit
  • Highest volume neonatal intensive care unit in the state of Indiana
  • Pediatric rehabilitation offered at St.Vincent Pediatric Therapy Center
  • Only program to offer pediatric cardiac rehabilitation

State-of-the-art technologies available to support the surgical program include:

  • Nitric oxide to treat pulmonary hypertension
  • High frequency ventilation
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Ventricular assist devices

The pediatric cardiac surgical program brings together numerous pediatric specialists who are trained in providing peri-operative care for children undergoing heart surgery along with the support systems only available at a major cardiovascular center. The program has an interest and expertise in providing surgical care for patients with congenital heart disease from the newborn period through adulthood.

A multidisciplinary team from cardiovascular surgery, cardiology, pediatric anesthesia and critical care provide around-the-clock care of your child during and following surgery. Only fully trained board-certified physicians are entrusted in the care of your child. These physicians in conjunction with intensive care nurses meet daily to evaluate your child’s need and create an optimal plan for his recovery.

After surgery, our policy of 24-hour visitation allows parents to remain with their child in the critical phase of recovery. Family sleep rooms are available in the hospital. 

With newer surgical techniques, improved anesthetic management and post operative care, many patients with simple surgical problems are being discharged from the hospital in less than 48 hours. These children have smaller incisions, fewer invasive tubes and more rapid in-hospital recovery. We believe that once a child has passed the critical phase following surgery, the best place for further recovery is at home, in the most familiar and comfortable environment for the child and family.

Surgical Options Available at the Children’s Heart Center at St. Vincent Hospital:

Cardiac Surgery

  • Anomalous Left Coronary Artery
  • Atrial Septal Defect
  • Atrioventricular Septal Defect (A-V Canal)
  • Aortic Valve Disease:
    • Valvotomy
    • Ross Procedure
    • Valve Replacement
    • Apical Aortic Conduit
  • Aortoplasty
  • Arterial Switch for Transposition of the Great Arteries
  • Atrial Septectomy
  • Bi-Directional Glenn
  • Blalock-Taussig Shunt
  • Cardiac Transplantation
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Cortriatriatum
  • Double Outlet Right Ventricle
  • Fontan and Hemi-Fontan
  • Intracardiac Tumor Excision
  • Konno Procedure
  • Lobectomy
  • Mitral Valve Repair and Replacement
  • Norwood Procedure for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Patent Ductus Arteriousus
  • Pulmonary Valvotomy
  • Right Ventricular Outflow Tract Reconstruction
  • Rastelli
  • Ross Procedure
  • Repair of Simitar syndrome
  • Resection of Subaortic Membrane
  • Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection
  • Tetrology of Fallot
  • Truncus Arteriosus
  • Vascular Ring
  • Ventricular Septal Defect
Thoracic Surgery

  • Lobectomy
  • Pectus Excavatum Repair
  • Pericardial Window
  • Open Lung Biopsy

Educational Material for Families

Pre-operative Instructions for Heart Surgery
Home Care After Heart Surgery
Guide for Parents of Children Having Heart Surgery

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