Children's pediatric cardiac surgeons perform many types of palliative (palliative comes from a Latin term meaning to reduce pain) surgery. Common palliative surgeries include:
In this procedure, pediatric cardiovascular surgeons increase the flow of blood to the lungs by inserting a tube that connects the aorta and the pulmonary artery.
This procedure helps patients with a single ventricle by allowing deoxygenated blood to flow into the lungs and avoid the heart. The one heart ventricle then pumps oxygenated blood.
Pulmonary artery banding
In this procedure, the flow of blood to the lungs is decreased by placing a band around the pulmonary artery.
In addition, the pain team - a multidisciplinary team of Children's professionals - works with Children's patients to help make them as comfortable as possible. Staff members have experience working with children of all ages, including medically fragile infants. The team also works with patients' families to help them confront serious prognoses and make the difficult decisions associated with complex care.