Surgical Care for Adults with Congenital Heart Disease
The University of Chicago Medicine offers the most advanced surgical options for congenital heart disease and other heart problems. Highlights of our program include:
- Valve repair and reconstruction using human or artificial valves. Repairs can sometimes be performed using the patient's own tissue.
- The Ross procedure, for aortic valve abnormalities
- Surgical closure of atrial septal defects and ventricular septal defects
- Minimally invasive techniques, which can greatly reduce post-operative pain, scarring, and recovery compared to open-heart procedures
- Repair of Tetralogy of Fallot
- Focused treatment strategies for conditions that affect the aorta, including Marfan syndrome
- The Fontan procedure, for people with only one pumping chamber in the heart.
- Bypass surgery, including minimally invasive procedures that can be performed through very small incisions without cutting through the sternum.
- Surgical care for heart failure
- Use of innovative mechanical cardiac assist devices, which improve the pumping ability of the heart.
- Heart transplantation, including re-transplantation and multiple organ transplantation