Specialists at Children's of Mississippi are skilled at treating congenital heart problems for newborns, children and adults. The highly trained and experienced medical team provides the most advanced approaches to remedy all types of repairs, even the most complex and challenging heart conditions, with outstanding results.
Thanks to our skilled medical staff, patients and their families no longer have to go out of state to be treated for any type of defect. Repairs, whether common or complex, are made by our specialized team dedicated to the care of congenital heart patients - from the clinic to the Batson Children's Hospital operating room, cardiac ICU and the cardiac step-down unit.
Congenital heart defects are problems with the heart's structure present at birth. Many defects are detected very early, even while the baby is in the womb. Others, however, are not detected until an older person begins to have symptoms of a heart problem. Common defects include holes in the heart and misplaced, malformed and/or missing valves, vessels and heart chambers, according to the Adult Congenital Heart Association.
Our expertise includes complicated congenital heart surgeries, such as the Norwood procedure used to begin repairing hypoplastic left heart syndrome. When the left side of the heart fails to develop completely and pump blood efficiently, the right side must pump blood to both the lungs and the rest of the body. The Norwood procedure redesigns the heart connections to provide stable blood flow. If left untreated, hypoplastic left heart syndrome is fatal.
The Children's of Mississippi care team is dedicated to management and treatment of newborns, children and adults born with a heart defect. In some situations, repair is not necessary right away. However, as the patient ages, the effect of such defects change, often requiring heart specialists' surgical intervention and advanced treatment. Patients who have had multiple previous surgeries or who have been turned away elsewhere due to the complexity of their care also now can turn to our specialists for relief.
The congenital heart program is a collaborative effort incorporating surgery, catheterization, intensive care, echocardiography, CT/MRI imaging, nursing, respiratory therapy, perfusion, neonatology, cardiology and anesthesiology with a common goal of providing specialized cardiac care.
Surgical options offered at Batson Children's Hospital for children with congenital heart conditions include, but are not limited to: