Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Nashville, TN 37232

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Children's Heart Surgery


Ainsley Hooper, cardiac surgery patient

Ainsley Hooper, 3, had surgery for a rare congenital heart defect called ALCAPA - anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery. Read her story of healing.

If your child needs heart surgery, Children's Hospital has one of the most experienced pediatric cardiac surgery teams in the nation. Our care ranges from closures of septal defects (ASDs or VSDs) to very complex procedures, including Norwood operation, Fontan operation, and heart transplants.

Heart surgery volumes and outcomes

Children's Hospital has a high success rate for heart surgery when compared to national benchmarks.

Your surgery guide

When it's your child, no surgery is routine. That is why every member of our team is trained to care for children and their families. Learn how you and your child can prepare for surgery.

Cardiac catheterization

Cardiac catheterization pinpoints or fixes heart and blood vessel problems suspected in your child. Learn more about getting your child ready for a catheterization appointment.

Coordination of Care Program

Our team coordinates your schedule with the doctors, nurses and scheduling staff to logically combine care whenever possible. Coordination of Care


Following heart surgery, children go to our Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Unlike adult hospitals, this unit includes equipment sized just for kids and experts who are specialists in caring for children with heart disease. Learn what to expect in the PCICU.

After a brief period (usually one to three days) in the PCICU, patients are moved to private rooms. Most children spend less than a week in the hospital after surgery. Upon discharge, we will arrange a follow-up appointment with your child's pediatric cardiologist.

Last Edited: August 30, 2016
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