Here at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, we have been performing all aspects of pediatric heart surgery for more than 30 years. Our 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 who are specifically trained to achieve the best surgical results.

We are a high-volume program, consistently performing about 500 total procedures each year.

Below is our results for many common operations from the last five years as compared with published national averages; in all cases, our program outperformed the average expectations in North America. For information on the conditions treated, click here.

July 2011-June 2015
Number performed  Our Survival  National Averages 
Norwood Operation 40 95% 85.10%
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Repair 28 100% 83.80%
Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) Repair 83 100% 87.70%
AV Canal Defect Repair 62 98.39% 96.30%
Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) 89 100% 75.90%
Arterial Switch Operation (+/-VSD) 58 100% 70.30%
 Truncus Arteriosus Repair  11  100%  75.80 %
Coarctation Repair (isolated procedure) 25 92% 88.60%
Bidirectional Glenn Operation (BDG) 42 100% 94.0%
Fontan Operation 21 100% 91.70%
Hypoplastic or Interrupted Arch (+ VSD closure) Repair 60 95% 88.10%
 Overall Outcomes  519  98.46%  85.21%

Source: Table 6 of the Data Analyses of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons; Congenital Heart Surgery Database, period ending 06/30/2015