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The Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Maria Ferrari Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center

The Division of Pediatric Cariothoracic Surgery offers state-of-the-art treatment for a full range of children's heart problems requiring surgical repair. An experienced team of surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, nurses, and technicians, all specializing in the care of children, are committed to providing the highest quality of care for patients and their families.

Children with heart disease may require surgery at any age. Our team is experienced in performing surgery in newborn children less than 24 hours old, as well as in older children and teens. Whether the child requires complex surgery (such as the Arterial Switch Procedure for transposition of the great arteries or the Norwood Procedure for hypoplastic left heart syndrome) or a relatively simple procedure (such as Ligation of Patent Ductus Arteriosus or closure of a hole in the heart), parents will meet with the surgeon to discuss all aspects of the planned surgery and to answer any question or concerns. The surgeon supervises care team in the period following surgery, providing a degree of continuity unique to our program.

The heart surgery team at The Maria Ferrari Children's Hospital provides the latest techniques available in the treatment of children's heart problems. New and complex procedures including heart valve repair, the Ross Procedure, and the extracardiac Fontan Procedure are performed routinely. Many operations can be performed through small incisions, and most (including open-heart surgery) are performed without the need for blood transfusion.

Importantly, all diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are accomplished in a child and family friendly environment. With the only Pediatric Heart Surgery program in the lower Hudson Valley, The Maria Ferrari Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center will provide everything for the best care of children with heart problems

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