The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is a world leader in reconstructive surgery of hearts with complex disorders and a pioneer in developing innovative surgical techniques, such as improvements in heart-lung bypass and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Doctors from around the country, and the world, refer patients with complex congenital heart disorders to the Cardiac Center at CHOP.
Some patients will require pediatric cardiothoracic surgery within the first hours of life, while others will undergo carefully orchestrated medical therapy for weeks or months before surgery.
Whether for the initial pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, or for cardiac operations at any time throughout the child’s life, our surgeons work with cardiologists, anesthesiologists, cardiac nurses and other team members to plan care according to each patient’s unique circumstances.
Investigations in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery span a wide spectrum, from exploring how congenital heart disease develops to studying the long-term effects of surgery on physiologic and neurodevelopment in children. Improvement and refinement of surgical techniques is an ongoing goal.
Studies have shown that programs with more experience have better patient outcomes. Our division performs more than 1,000 cardiac and thoracic operations per year, making it one of the largest programs in the world. Our outcomes are among the best in the nation.
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