Hybrid Approach

“Everyone from the cardiology and heart surgery team to the NICU and PICU took great care of us. It wasn’t something we wanted to go through, but we did it, and I’m glad we chose the Children’s Hospital of Georgia over other programs because of the confidence and reassurance the doctors gave us. With God, all things are possible to those who believe!”

-Edward Seigler, father of Hailey, 15 months, who has undergone multiple heart procedures, including banding of the arteries and Norwood and Glenn procedures for her complex, Category 5 congenital heart defects.

Here at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, we cater your child’s treatment plan to his or her particular needs. One unique feature of our pediatric heart program is the ability for hybrid procedures to be performed to treat your child’s condition. This hybrid approach uses a unique combination of both the pediatric cardiologist’s interventional skills and the cardiothoracic surgeon’s surgical technique. We have the region’s only pediatric hybrid cardiac catheterization lab, where these procedures take place.

One example is using the hybrid technique to place pulmonary valves in patients who are too tiny for a standard open procedure. In this case, minimally invasive techniques are used to place the valve.

Hybrid Approach Conditions and Treatments

  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome/Norwood operation
  • Perventricular valve placement in pulmonary regurgitation
  • Perventricular ventricular septal defect closure
  • Perventricular stent placement in branch pulmonary arteries

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