Pediatric Heart Surgery

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Pediatric Heart Surgery

Having a new born baby is a joy for any parent. However, there are times when the child develops complications and it is necessary to have the child undergo a surgical procedure to rectify the problem. Congenital heart defects, unfortunately, are one of the common problems affecting a number of children in the early years of their life. While it may traumatic parents, pediatric heart surgery is performed for the child's well being and will definitely help them live healthy, active lives.

A child may be born with congenital heart defects or they may develop such defects after being afflicted with a heart disease after they were born. There are many kinds of such defects. Some may be minor requiring medication and minor surgery, while others may be much more serious. The more serious heart defects may require pediatric heart surgery immediately after the baby's birth. With other heart defects, you may have to wait some time before proceeding with the surgery.

With some cases, your child may only need one surgical procedure to rectify the problem. Unfortunately, with others, the child may need a set of surgeries to completely correct the defect. The typical procedures used for pediatric heart surgery include open heart surgery and closed heart surgery or a thoractomy. There are risks associated with each surgery procedure which your child's physician will let you know about. However, the thoractomy procedure is known to have less risks and less scarring.

Most concerned parents would ask the basis for pediatric heart surgery and how it would benefit their child. There are some general symptoms that indicate that your child needs a heart operation. These include blue skin and lips which indicate hypoxia, irregular heart rhythms, as well as the child having difficulty breathing. The surgery will help correct most, if not all these problems.

When learning about pediatric heart surgery, one needs to know what risks the child may face as a result of the surgery. The common risks for pediatric heart surgery include infection, air bubbles or blood clots as well as pneumonia. Moreover, other common risks associated with any type of surgery include bad reactions to medication and bleeding.

Before the procedure, there are a few things that you must do. If your child is able to talk, try and tell them about the surgery. This will help them feel less anxious when at the hospital. At the hospital, there will be several tests done before the procedure. These include blood test and X-rays around the chest region, a physical examination as well as a review of your child's medical history. Other tests such as cardiac catheterization and an Echocardiogram may also be performed.

It is important to ask your doctor what medications your child should be taking during the days prior to the surgery. Moreover, you should also inform your doctor of the medications that your child is currently on during the medical examinations.

This has been a short discussion concerning pediatric heart surgery. For more information you can search the internet, although the best advice and information should come from the doctor.