Patients with congenital heart disease must be surrounded by a team of specially trained experts in order to have the best results; this is especially true for the pediatric heart surgeons and operating room team.

At Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, we have been performing all aspects of pediatric heart surgery for more than 30 years. Our three pediatric heart surgeons, as well as the team of perfusionists and pediatric heart anesthesiologists, have been specifically trained by the best programs in the world. Over the years they have collectively accumulated as much or more experience as the highest volume centers in California and in the United States. Many of these operations require cardiopulmonary bypass.

From newborn and infant heart surgery to transplant and ventricular assist device placement to older teenager and adults with congenital heart disease, you will find experts at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego who are specifically trained to achieve the best surgical results. We now consistently perform between 450-500 total procedures each year.

Below is a highlight of our results for many common lesions from the last few years as compared with published national averages; in all cases our program has equaled or outperformed the average expectations in North America. Recent performance of rare procedures not listed below, including Cor Triatriatum resection, unifocalization and Rastelli procedures, ventricular diverticulum surgery and pacemaker/AICD surgery has also resulted in a 100 percent survival rate. For more information on these procedures and others, click here.


Type of Operation Performed Number performed [1] Our Survival [1] National Averages [2]
Norwood Operation 58 90% 81.7%
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Repair 26 100% 99.9%
Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) Repair 132 100% 99.4%
AV Canal Defect Repair 82 98.8% 97.8%
Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) 81 98.8% 98.9%
Arterial Switch Operation (+/-VSD) 72 100% 93.0-97.1%
Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return Repair (PAPVR) 27 100% N/A
Truncus Arteriosus Repair 16 100% 89.1%
Hypoplastic or Interrupted Arch (+ VSD closure) Repair 37 97.3% N/A
Coarctation Repair (isolated procedure) 33 94% N/A
Bidirectional Glenn Operation (BDG) 33 97% N/A
Fontan Operation 77 98.7% 98.7%
  1. This is our survival for all patents having surgery from 2009-2013 in all cases but the Norwood operation, which is all patients between 2007-2014.
  2. This national average data is as published in recent reports of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons data, including Jacobs et al. Ann Thorac SurgĀ 2011;92:2184-92 and DiBardino et al. J Thoracic Card Surg 2009;137:1334-41.