All children with COA will need to have the defect fixed. Some babies will be very sick and need care in the intensive care unit before the procedure. In some cases, a child may need emergency repair. Children who have few symptoms will have scheduled repairs. Most children who have had a COA repair will live healthy lives. Activity levels, appetite and growth should return to normal in time.
After the repair, your child's cardiologist may advise your child to take antibiotics before surgeries or procedures, such as dental work. This is done to prevent infection.
As the child grows, the aorta may again become narrow. If this happens, another balloon procedure or surgery may be done.
Controlling blood pressure is very important. Your child's blood pressure may be higher after aortic coarctation repair. He or she may need to take medicines to help lower blood pressure.
Your child will need lifelong regular follow-up care at a center offering pediatric or adult congenital heart care.