The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis offers a wide spectrum of pediatric heart care services from determining the most appropriate medication for a specific condition, to handling the most complex heart surgery. Cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, respiratory therapists and other medical professionals work as a team at The Children’s Hospital to care for each patient and family's unique needs.
Technological advances in non-surgical interventions such as catheter-based treatments for closing atrial and ventricular septal defects have made it possible for physicians at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis to treat a variety of congenital heart defects early in the course of the disease and in many cases, without surgery.
Other pediatric heart care treatment options provided at The Children’s Hospital include stenting and balloon dilation of obstructed pulmonary venous pathways; and radiofrequency ablation of arrhythmias.
In addition, minimally-invasive surgical techniques that have been used widely in adult cardiac surgery are now applied to infants and children. Because these less invasive techniques use a much smaller incision through the ribs, children are generally able to return to school and play much sooner.