Akron Children's Heart Center performs open heart surgery and other procedures to correct or treat heart problems in infants, children, teens and adults with congenital heart defects. Read More...
The pediatric cardiovascular surgery team at Akron Children's Hospital Heart Center works closely with our cardiologists to use hybrid procedures whenever appropriate — a combination of surgical and catheterization approaches that eliminate the need to stop the heart during surgery.
We are also Ohio’s most experienced surgical team in performing pericardial leaflet extension, a procedure that eliminates the quality of life issues faced by patients who receive artificial valves.
The most common heart defects include:
Akron Children's heart surgery program ranks in the top 10 percent of programs in the U.S. in terms of outcomes, according to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database. (Its overall surgical mortality rate is 2.3 percent over a 4-year period.)
Through advances in surgical procedures, the survival rate and quality of life for children with heart problems has improved significantly during the last 10 to 15 years.
Diagnostic evaluations have also progressed substantially. Many congenital heart defects, which occur in 8 out of 1,000 live births, are now identified before birth, which enables the surgical team to develop a surgical management plan before the child is born. This also has led to improved surgical outcomes.
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