What is Pediatric Cardiac Surgery?

Cardiac surgery is performed on Children by the pediatric surgeon to correct any heart irregularities or defects to enhance their quality of life. Some children need immediate surgery after birth due to heart defects. In some cases, pediatric heart surgery is performed months or even years after birth. Depending on the severity of the condition, the surgery varies.

Initially, minimally invasive treatment is considered for children. Still, if that doesn’t work out, the surgeon must proceed with more invasive methods to prevent infection and minimize risks.

Things you need to know 

  • Surgery is performed depending on the type and severity of the condition.
  • A doctor can recommend minimally invasive or open-heart surgery.
  • Cardiac surgery is performed under the influence of anaesthesia.
  • The child will be required to stay in the hospital for about a few weeks, followed by a few more rest days.
  • The average length of stay will be around a week to 3 weeks.

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How to prepare for the treatment?

  • Children are usually scared by the idea of surgery. Help your child in getting ready for the surgery.
  • Older children may enquire about the procedure than younger children. You should make sure that your answers are encouraging, candid and straightforward. If you are not sure of the answer, you can seek the answers or information from your doctor or the nursing staff.
  • You should tell them what will happen before and after the surgery. You can also tell the benefits of the surgery and how it could help them. 
  • Assure them that any discomfort or pain they feel after the surgery will be alleviated by medicine.
  • Let them know that you will be with them all the time and their healthcare provider team will take extra care of them.
  • You can bring familiar items with you, such as their toy, comfortable blanket to help them feel more relaxed and calmer.
  • The care team will provide you with further instructions and directions to take good care of the child, depending on the procedure and the medical condition.

Procedure involved
Depending on the surgery, the following procedure is implemented:

  • A surgical cut is made on the side of the chest or through the breastbone during open-heart surgery.
  • The child will be kept in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) post-surgery for a couple of days for observation.
  • Your child may need three or four weeks at home to completely recover.
  • But if the surgery is extensive, then the recovery process can take as long as six to eight weeks.
  • It is normal to feel pain after the surgery; the pain will eventually subside, or the doctor may prescribe pain medications to manage it.
  • After the surgery, parents may see some behavior changes in children, such as they become clingy, irritable, and may also wet the bed.
  • Be patient with your children and support them through difficult times

What to expect after the treatment?
Here’s  what you can do after your child’s surgery:

  • Prevent children from any activities that may involve pulling or pushing
  • Get them to eat a healthy diet
  • Follow the doctor’s advice before getting any immunizations post-surgery
  • Make sure that children get prescribed medicines

Take your child to the doctor in case of following symptoms

  • Fever or nausea
  • Swelling or redness
  • Signs of infection at the incision site
  • Shortness of breath
  • Bluish skin
  • Reduced appetite
  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest pain

Potential risks that you need to know about:
The risks included in paediatric heart surgery are:

  • Negative reactions to medicines
  • Breathing problems
  • Infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Arrhythmias
  • Air embolism
  • Blood clots or thrombi
     

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