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Rady Children's Specialists

Heart Institute


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 about 500 total procedures each year.

Our results for many common operations as compared with published national averages are below. For information on the conditions treated, click here.

»**Calculated based on Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS) definition of Operative Mortality: 1) all deaths, regardless of cause, occurring during the hospitalization in which the operation was performed, even if after 30 days (including patients transferred to other acute care facilities); and 2) all deaths, regardless of cause, occurring after discharge from the hospital, but before the end of the 30th postoperative day.

Surgery from January 2014 – December 2017
Source: Table 5 of the STS Harvest report period ending 12/31/2017
Number performed Our Survival** STS Survival**
Norwood Operation 30 96.7% 86.1%
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Repair 34 97.1% 99.8%
Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) Repair 87 100.0% 99.4%
AV Canal Defect Repair 54 100.0% 98.1%
Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) 93 98.9% 98.2%
Arterial Switch Operation (+/-VSD) 58 96.6% 95.8%
Truncus Arteriosus Repair 14 100.0% 91.6%