Here at Rady Children’s Hospital, 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 more than 500 total procedures each year.

Below is our results for many common operations from July 2013-June 2017 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 2013-June 2017
Number performed  Our Survival  National Averages 
Norwood Operation 29 96.6% 85.7%
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Repair 33 97.0% 99.9%
Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) Repair 93 100% 98.2%
AV Canal Defect Repair 61 100% 98.9%
Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) 93 98.9% 95.3%
Arterial Switch Operation (+/-VSD) 53 98.1% 94.2%
 Truncus Arteriosus Repair  5  100%  92.5%
Coarctation Repair (isolated procedure) 20 100% 98.5%
Bidirectional Glenn Operation (BDG) 26 96.2% 98.1%
Fontan Operation 70 98.6% 97.6%
Hypoplastic or Interrupted Arch (+ VSD closure) Repair 70 97.1% 97.0%
 Overall Outcomes  553  98.6%  96.0%

Source: Table 5 of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Harvest Report, period ending 6/30/2017. Numbers are cumulative average.