A rebuilt heart. The one baby gift he will never outgrow.
If your child needs heart surgery, you probably have many questions about next steps, treatment, and recovery. At Children’s National Health System, our pediatric heart surgeons provide the full spectrum of heart surgery services, caring for children with even the most complex heart conditions. We regularly handle some of the nation’s most complex surgical cases.
Our pediatric heart specialists have dedicated their careers to providing excellent heart care to patients with congenital heart defects and other cardiac conditions. To us, child-centered care is not just a phrase—it is at the core of all we do. We offer:
At Children’s National, we plan treatments with your child’s long-term health in mind. If a newborn needs heart surgery, we intervene early and aggressively to correct defects. This way, the repair or reconstruction grows with your child and he or she benefits from a faster recovery. This approach is called early primary repair.
Many heart programs for children recommend waiting until a newborn is older before performing heart surgery. However, the longer we wait, the more health consequences a child may suffer. We perform surgery on infants so we can give them the best possible start in life:
When children need open heart surgery, we often need to place them on a cardiopulmonary bypass machine. During the surgery, the bypass machine takes over the function of the lungs and heart. This can carry a risk of neurological damage.
At Children’s National, our team takes every step possible to protect your child’s brain development. In fact, we are considered a leader in this area. Our heart specialists use evidence-based protective measures and take all the necessary steps to ensure a successful surgery—for your child’s heart and brain.
Our approach to care results in shorter lengths of stay for patients following surgery. For example, we use the smallest incisions possible and streamline our surgical process so it’s efficient and effective. We provide:
"To all the parents out there with a baby with hypoplastic left heart, good days will come. These babies overcome what seems impossible and have so much love to offer."
Division Chief, Cardiac Surgery
Acute and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Bret Baier talks with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on the Today Show discussing his new book and his son's heart condition.
Information on cardiac surgery at Children's National for Fiscal Year 13/14.
We provide a healthcare experience designed with kids in mind, and deliver confidence and assurance when parents need it most.
For more information, please call 1-202-476-2811.
We see children from around the Washington, DC, metropolitan region, nation, and world who need the kind of specialized expertise and child-focused care we offer.
Our providers represent medical and surgical specialties, family practice, and general pediatrics.
Pediatric specialists at Children’s National work closely to ensure an integrated approach to caring for each child and family.
We offer resources for families to help answer questions and ease their experience.
We value the network of referring physicians and staff and offers resources for medical education and referring patients.
We provide suggested treatments to compliment top-notch medical education and experience.