Pediatric Heart Surgery Survival & Outcomes | The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Cardiac Center

Pediatric Cardiac Center Volumes and Outcomes

The Cardiac Center at CHOP carefully tracks overall pediatric heart surgery outcomes to identify areas for improvement and to answer families’ questions about pediatric heart surgery survival and other outcomes.

There are many important outcomes, but the most important is survival. Our pediatric heart surgery survival rates are among the best in the nation.

Outcomes by Procedure

Our surgical team performs more than 850 pediatric heart surgeries each year, including open heart and closed heart procedures and heart transplants — with outcomes that are among the best in the nation.

Outcomes by Complexity

Our surgeons operate on many patients with extremely complex heart defects, with consistently excellent short- and long-term outcomes.

Length of Stay

The Cardiac Center at CHOP continues to work toward reducing the number of patient days spent in the Hospital following heart surgery. Reduced length of stay leads to better long-term outcomes, lower costs and increased patient-family satisfaction. 


Standards for reporting outcomes

Most pediatric hospitals use the same standards, set by independent organizations, to collect and report outcomes data. The data here is based on national standards from the National Quality Forum, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society, and the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.

Independent data, such as that presented here, is a valuable tool to evaluate different programs’ expertise in cardiac surgery. Becoming well informed is one of the most important ways you can ensure that your child receives the best care. If your child is our patient, please feel free to ask your care team any questions about pediatric heart surgery survival. If you are considering bringing your child here, and have questions about outcomes, please contact us at 267-426-9600.

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