An accurate and detailed description of today's three-stage open heart surgical approach for hypoplastic left heart syndrome - The 4th most common heart defect to occur in newborns.|
Written for both the family and medical community - includes illustrations.
"Presently, the choice for many is to perform the Norwood Procedure shortly after birth, followed by the bidirectional Glenn procedure around 6 months of age, and the completion Fontan procedure between 18 to 24 months of age."
"To appreciate today's available treatment and its degree of success, one should consider its short history_recognizing that in the recent past nearly every baby born with this defect perished within days, and countless numbers suffered from their loss. The courage possessed by the family and the medical community and their rising to meet the challenge can be measured by the ever improving outcomes we witness today."
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