Surgical interventions for congenital heart disease

Stephanie Fuller*, Bradley S. Marino, Thomas L. Spray

*Corresponding author for this work

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Surgery for congenital heart disease encompasses a wide variety of procedures that are often performed in combination. Not all the operations are anatomic as some are physiologic to compensate for lesions in which an anatomic repair is not possible. Over the past decade, it has become apparent that the cumulative morbidity and mortality of palliative operations, followed by later repair, is greater than that of early reparative procedures. Primary reparative surgery in the neonate offers the opportunity to decrease the mortality and morbidity caused by the primary defect by preventing secondary damage to other organ systems. With further refinement of the timing and technique of cardiac surgery and postoperative care, there is likely to be future reduction in mortality rates for specific surgeries and secondary morbidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPediatric Critical Care Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 4: Peri-Operative Care of the Critically Ill or Injured Child
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781447163596
ISBN (Print)9781447163589
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Cyanotic heart disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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