Treatment Options at the Congenital Heart Center

At C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, our pediatric heart specialists work together with your family to determine the most effective strategy to treat your child's condition. Your physician may choose to closely observe your child for a period of time, if an intervention is not yet necessary. If treatment is necessary, physicians can choose from a variety of therapies:

  • Medication
  • Physical Therapy
  • Surgical Options
  • Respiratory Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pacemakers and Defibrillators
  • Radiofrequency (RF) Ablation and Cryoablation Procedures
  • Interventional Cardiac Catheterization

Surgical options for children with congenital heart conditions include, but are not limited to:

Interventional Cardiology Services provided at Mott include, but are not limited to:

  • Balloon valvuloplasty of the aortic and pulmonary valves
  • Balloon angioplasty for distal pulmonary artery narrowing (stenosis)
  • Angioplasty, including dilation and stent implantation, to open narrowed arteries and veins
  • Balloon atrial septostomy to improve mixing of oxygen-rich and oxygen-poor blood to ensure that the body's oxygen saturation remains in a safe range
  • Atrial septoplasty or septostomy
  • Pulmonary artery dilation and stent implantation
  • Device closure of patent ductus arteriosus, atrial septal defects, patent foramen ovale, ventricular septal defects, Fontan fenestration
  • Percutaneous pulmonary valve replacement for the management of pulmonary regurgitation and conduit obstructions

Fetal interventions provided at Mott include interventions for the following conditions:

Hybrid Procedures

At C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, our interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons work together to perform state-of-the-art hybrid procedures, which combine catheter-based therapies with surgery to perform procedures less invasively, typically without the use of cardiopulmonary bypass.  These procedures provide therapeutic options for high-risk surgical patients, including low birth weight and premature infants.  The hybrid team performs a wide array of hybrid procedures, including therapies without the use of cardiopulmonary bypass for the following congenital heart defects:

  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia
  • Critical pulmonary stenosis
  • Pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum
  • Muscular ventricular septal defects