Congenital Heart Center
Congenital Heart Care at Ochsner
With clinics located across the state, we treat patients from birth to adulthood with congenital heart disease (CHD). Our board-certified pediatric congenital cardiac surgeons are nationally recognized and work closely with our maternal fetal medicine team across the system for a collaborative approach to care. We are the preeminent cardiovascular center for children and adults with CHD in the Gulf South. We also offer fetal interventions and high-quality surgical data in order to provide a seamless approach to compassionate care. Our neonatal surgical results are among the best in the country according to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database.
To be the preeminent congenital heart program in the Gulf South and beyond as measured by outcomes and patient/family experience.
Why Ochsner for Care of Congenital Heart Disease in Children?
When it comes to your heart or your child's heart, getting the best care available is all that matters. Our highly trained team includes a world-renowned cardiac surgeon, interventional cardiologists, imaging specialists, pediatric anesthesiologists, pediatric intensivists and nurses and critical care cardiac specialists. Our team also includes perfusionists, professionals who use heart-lung machines during cardiac surgery.
Once again for 2021-2022, Ochsner Hospital for Children has been ranked among the Top 50 Children’s Hospitals in the country for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery specialties by U.S. News and World Report. Ochsner Hospital for Children is Louisiana's only ranked children's hospital.
The Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery team at Ochsner Hospital for Children was recognized as Clinical Department of the Year at the 2018 Ochsner Spirit of Leadership Awards The award was recognition as the top clinical program for the entire Ochsner Health System.
Specializing in neonatal cardiac surgery for newborns, pediatric cardiac surgery and heart transplantation, our team uses the most advanced technology to evaluate, diagnose, treat and manage a variety of conditions, including:
- Complex Neonatal Repair
- Heart failure and cardiomyopathy
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
- Transposition of the Great Arteries
- Coarctation of the aorta
- Atrial septal defect
- Pulmonary atresia
- Ventricular septal defects
- Bicuspid aortic valve
In addition, Ochsner’s around-the-clock Flight Care Communication Center is capable of coordinating and dispatching transport services for critically ill neonatal and pediatric patients. We can get your little one to Ochsner quickly and safely, providing expert care along the way.
By the Numbers: Our Team Gets Results
Our dedicated professionals have made it their mission to provide elite level outcomes for every CHD patient. Their hard work is paying off. We are proud to have a 100% survival rate for the following procedures in 2018*, higher than the national average of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).
- Neonatal Heart Surgery Survival Rate for 2018 and 2019 - Ochsner: 100% vs. STS: 91.8%
- Child Heart Surgery Survival Rate - Ochsner: 100% vs. STS: 99%
- Norwood Procedure Survival Rate for 2018 and 2019 (for hypoplastic left heart syndrome) - Ochsner: 100% vs. STS: 85.1%
Our high survival rates are the result of daily coordination between our team of expert health providers. Additionally, we offer cutting edge therapies including cardiac stem cell therapy for patients with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome(HLHS) in coordination with the Mayo Clinic’s Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome as part of HLHS Consortium. We know how important this procedure is to your child. Every day at Ochsner, we strive to improve our patient care to give the best possible outcome for your family.
*Mortality rates represent self-reported data from STS from July 2014-June 2018.
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Go to my.ochsner.org to schedule an appointment or call 504-842-5200.