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The Cardiovascular Surgery and Cardiology programs at the Children's Hospital of Michigan at the Detroit Medical Center are ranked among America's best in U.S. News Media Group's 2016-17 Best Children’s Hospitals survey.

The Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan is a major referral center for all aspects of pediatric cardiovascular surgery including heart transplants. It is known for its state-of-the-art approach to complex congenital heart disease.

The Department is a leader in the surgical repair of congenital heart defects in children, with special expertise in the primary repair of heart disease in newborns and infants. Cardiovascular surgeons and interventional cardiologists on staff at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan are experts in the use of hybrid approaches for the repair of certain forms of complex congenital heart disease.

The Pediatric Heart Transplant Program at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan offers outpatient clinics and daily inpatient rounds for management of patients awaiting transplants and those who have already received transplants. Heart transplant recipients require a lifetime of medical care. An Advanced Heart Failure Program was developed to evaluate and optimize medical therapy for those patients who may one day require transplant services.

When necessary, ventricular assist devices are used as a lifesaving treatment in patients that can’t wait for a donor heart to become available. Few surgeons in the United States have as much experience with pediatric-sized ventricular assist devices as the cardiovascular surgeons of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved use of the Berlin Heart, the first ventricular assist device made specifically for pediatric patients.  Ventricular assist devices are used when a patient needs a heart transplant, but can’t wait for a donor heart to become available. The Berlin Heart assists the failing heart until an appropriate donor heart can be found.  Surgeons on staff at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan are leaders in the use of this advanced technology and testified to the FDA about its life-saving benefits. Other mechanical support devices include Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), which functions as a temporary replacement for the child’s heart and lungs.

Surgery patients are treated by a world-class multidisciplinary team that specializes in the care of pediatric cardiac surgical patients. Members of this team include pediatric cardiac surgeons, pediatric cardiologists, pediatric intensivists, pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists, pediatric cardiac surgical nurse clinicians, pediatric cardiac surgical house physicians, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, as well as pediatric cardiac perfusionists, circulating nurses and surgical technicians.

In preparation for surgery, patients and their families are given an opportunity to visit the intensive care unit prior to their procedure and to see patients that have recently undergone cardiac surgery.

Diagnosing and treating children’s heart disease requires specialized knowledge and a dedicated team-approach to care.  The Children’s Hospital of Michigan is equipped with the experience your child needs when going through this difficult time.

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