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Pediatric heart surgery in Indianapolis

Pediatric cardiovascular surgeons at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital deliver advanced surgical care for infants, children and teens.

Peyton Manning Children's Hospital Ascension St. VincentWhen your child has congenital heart disease and needs heart surgery, get advanced surgical care from the experienced pediatric cardiovascular surgeons at Peyton Manning Children’s Indianapolis Pediatric Heart Care. Pediatric cardiovascular surgeons have the expertise to deliver lifesaving surgical care — even for the tiniest of patients. Your child will have a multispecialty team dedicated to their care, including pediatric cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, anesthesiologists, intensive care nurses, cardiac rehabilitation specialists, child life specialists and more.

Peyton Manning Children's Hospital is recognized as a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center, by the American College of Surgeons Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program (ACS CSV), which recognizes its dedication to providing optimal care for its young patients.

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Specializing in pediatric cardiovascular surgery

Girl in hospital bed.Cardiac surgeons at Peyton Manning Children's’ Hospital have the expertise to deliver a full range of heart care – from non-surgical treatments to surgery. There are many different types of heart surgery. For some conditions, cardiac surgeons use cardiac catheterization. With this minimally invasive procedure, your child’s surgeon inserts a tiny catheter through a blood vessel and into the heart to open narrowed valves or close a hole in the heart. For other conditions, surgeons may need to make incisions to repair your child’s heart.

Whenever possible, your child’s surgeon uses minimally invasive surgery. Children who have this type of procedure typically get smaller incisions, fewer invasive tubes and may have a faster recovery. With new surgical techniques, advanced pediatric anesthesiology and post-surgery care, many children who have minimally invasive procedures go home in less than 48 hours.

Pediatric heart conditions that may require surgery include:

  • Anomalous left coronary artery
  • Atrial and ventricular septal defect (a hole in the heart)
  • Aortic valve disease (valve doesn’t work properly)
  • Congenital heart abnormalities (abnormalities present at birth)
  • Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
  • Patent foramen ovale (PFO) (an opening between the upper chambers of the heart)
  • Stenosis (stiffened valves)

We understand heart surgery can feel scary for your child and your family. Tell us your concerns and ask us your questions — big and small. Your child’s care team takes the time to explain the procedure to you and your child. We also explain what to expect before and during surgery and how to care for your child after surgery.

After surgery, your child’s care team connects your family with supportive care, including pediatric cardiac rehabilitation, pharmacy services, follow-up care and more.

CALL – 317-338-3000

Refer a patient to a pediatric specialist

Your patients and their families can expect compassionate, personalized care from the moment our specialists connect with them. Our pediatric specialists start by listening to fully understand their needs and develop an individualized care plan. To make a doctor referral, please call 317-338-3000.

If your child is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, go to the nearest ER or call 911.