Pediatric Complex Biventricular Repair Program

Pediatric Complex Biventricular Repair Program

Biventricular Repair Procedures for Children

We use the latest biventricular repair procedures to help your child’s heart work as well as possible, improve circulation and reduce long-term complications.

The Complex Biventricular Repair Program at Children's Health℠ offers leading-edge care for children with severe congenital heart defects, which happen when the heart does not form properly in the womb. Traditionally, most children with these heart problems needed a heart transplant or a procedure called single ventricle repair. Single ventricle repair can reduce the need for the transplant by repairing one of the heart's pumping chambers. But because only one heart chamber is repaired, children may experience poor circulation and long-term complications.

Children’s Health is improving on this by offering a state-of-the-art approach called biventricular repair. Unlike single ventricle repair, this approach repairs both heart chambers so they can both pump blood. This can improve circulation and quality of life.

Our team of expert surgeons and cardiologists evaluate babies with severe congenital heart defects to see if this procedure may be right for them. Then we tailor this procedure to each child’s unique needs, studying their heart from every angle and even creating 3D models of their heart to plan the surgery. We will support your child and family every step of the way and do everything we can to help your child live a happy, healthy life.

Conditions We Treat

  • Aortic atresia
  • Borderline ventricle heart defects
  • Cardiac tumors
  • Congenitally-corrected transposition of the great arteries
  • Criss-cross hearts
  • Double inlet left ventricle
  • Double outlet right ventricle
  • Straddling atrioventricular valves
  • Unbalanced atrioventricular canal

Treatments and Services

Our team of experts may use different techniques to perform biventricular repair, depending on your child’s heart condition and specific needs. For example, we might use catheter procedures, where we feed a long, thin tube through a vein to reach the heart. This usually has fewer risks and faster recovery times than open-heart surgery.

We may also perform advanced surgeries to mend or reposition structures in your child’s heart. Some children will only need one surgery, while others may need multiple biventricular repair procedures over time.

Expert care tailored to your child

Our program is home to leading experts in complex biventricular repair procedures and our outcomes for complex heart surgery are consistently among the best in America.

Our experts work together to create a customized approach for each patient. We start by taking detailed pictures of your child’s heart, which may include echocardiography and MRIs. We often create 3D models of the child’s heart, to help our surgeons see precise details while planning the procedure. Then we select a minimally invasive or surgical procedure to best meet your child’s needs.

Comprehensive care for patients with complex heart needs

When you choose the Biventricular Repair Program at Children’s Health, we are here for your child and family for years to come. We offer a wide variety of programs and services to help your child build their strength and health. This includes our Safe at Home Program, which enables some babies to go home between heart surgeries rather than staying at the hospital, a dedicated 24/7 pediatric cardiac ICU, our Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Programs to support cognitive development as babies with heart problems grow up, and many other programs and services.

Meet the Care Team