Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery

“Dr. Polimenakos and his entire team were so organized and coordinated and prepared. Every second depended on what they did, and they did everything right to save Trace’s life. Now this is the healthiest I’ve ever seen my baby. He’s gaining weight, he’s happy, he’s eating well. This is what an 8-month-old is supposed to be like.”

—Cinica Miller, mom to Trace, who underwent two pediatric open heart surgeries by 7 months old

Frequently Asked Questions About Your Child's Heart Surgery

What will happen during surgery? Is this procedure going to work? Will my child be healthy going forward?

Learning your child needs open heart surgery to correct a heart defect brings with it many anxiety provoking questions. We are here to provide you with the answers. The Children’s Hospital of Georgia Pediatric Cardiac Care program is equipped to answer these questions and help you and your child on this journey. The Congenital Heart Surgery team at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia plans for every detail before, during and after surgery giving you the needed information so you are able to focus on just one thing: your child.

We provide the one-on-one care that a smaller center can offer

We understand that you will have many questions and concerns throughout this process. We are here for you. Families with our program interact with our heart team daily and always have someone they can contact with questions or concerns.

The process of planning for your child’s cardiac defect begins before they are born

Once a cardiac anomaly is recognized, our entire heart team begins preparing you for your unique new life with a child diagnosed with a congenital heart defect.  We meet with families, review the care plan and talk about expectations to make sure you understand the next steps in your child’s heart journey. This includes tours of our intensive care units, meetings with our surgery team and introducing you to your pediatric cardiologist before your baby arrives.

Our pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon has specialized expertise

The Children’s Hospital of Georgia offers a competitive pediatric and congenital cardiothoracic surgery department. We have the ability to operate on any defect, ranging from the most straightforward to the most complex.

Our home monitoring program is designed to allow families to care for their critical child at home

Our high-risk neonatal home monitoring program at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia is designed for complex patients who have undergone the first stage in the surgical palliation of their congenital heart defect. Families are given materials and education to empower them to be able to take their child home. This program, which has shown to improve survival rates in critical children, is specially tailored to you and your family’s needs.

Pediatric Heart Defects and Surgeries

These 10 benchmark procedures, or national standards of care as recognized by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, illustrate the type of highly demanding cases performed at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

  • Norwood Procedure for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (including hybrid stage I procedure)
  • Arterial Switch Operation for Transposition of Great Arteries
  • Truncus Arteriosus Repair
  • Univentricular Palliative Procedures (Systemic-to-pulmonary Shunt, Bidirectional Glenn and Fontan Operation)
  • Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR)
  • Atrioventricular Canal Repair
  • Tetralogy of Fallot Repair
  • Aortic Arch Repair – Aortic Coarctation Repair
  • Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Atrial Septal Defect

Additional Procedures

Neonatal & Infant heart Surgery for:

  • Aortic Valve Repair
  • Subaortic and Supraaortic Stenosis Repair
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Ebstein’s Anomaly Repair
  • Congenitally Corrected Transposition of Great Arteries Repair
  • Damus-Kaye-Stansel Procedure
  • Double Outlet Right Ventricle Repair
  • Unifocalization of Major Aortopulmonary Collateral Vessels
  • Interrupted Aortic Arch Repair
  • Konno Procedure
  • Aortopulmonary Window Repair
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus Closure

Arrhythmia Surgery

  • Maze Operation
  • Pacemaker Implantation

Reoperative Heart Surgery

  • Valve Repair or Replacement
  • Ross Procedure
  • Konno or Ross-Konno Procedure
  • Conduit Reoperation
  • Rastelli Procedure
  • Fontan Conversion operation for Failing Fontan

Valve Surgery

  • Valve Repair or Replacement
  • Ross Procedure
  • Aortic Root Replacement
  • Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Procedure
  • Right Ventricular Outflow Tract Procedure
  • Conduit Reoperation

Vascular and Coronary Artery Anomaly Surgery

  • Anomalous Origin of Coronary Artery From Opposite Sinus of Valsalva operation(s)
  • Anomalous Origin of Coronary Artery From Pulmonary Artery (ALCAPA or ARCAPA) Operation(s)
  • Coronary Repair and Bypass for Kawashaki Disease
  • Vascular Ring and Sling Repair
  • Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection Repair

Surgery for Adults with Congenital Heart Disease

  • Valve(s) Repair and Replacement
  • Conduit Reoperation
  • Fontan Conversion for Failing Fontan
  • Aortic Root and Arch Reconstructive Procedures
  • Arrhythmia Operation(s)