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Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery

From newborns to adults, the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Congenital Heart Center brings world-class surgical options to West Michigan. Our congenital cardiothoracic surgeons have decades of combined experience in treating the most complex heart problems in children and adults. 


Our surgeons work closely with the expert pediatric and adult cardiologists to plan and perform high-quality surgery in children and adults with congenital heart disease. They are also supported by a full team of dedicated specialists, including anesthesia, neonatology, intensive care, nursing, technicians, and child life staff. 

We are one of the world’s leading centers in 3D echocardiography. Our cardiologists  and surgeons utilize 3D-printing to assist and plan for complex congenital heart surgery. 

Surgery for Pediatric Congenital Heart Defects

More than half of children born with congenital heart defects require surgery at some point. If your child requires heart surgery, the Congenital Heart Center will schedule a pre-surgery consultation to discuss your child’s diagnosis and treatment needs.

Our heart surgeons treat all conditions, including:

• Complex congenital heart defects
• Acquired heart defects
• Holes between chambers of the heart
• Abnormal heart valves
• Abnormalities of the major blood vessels
• Chest trauma

The Gerber Foundation Neonatal Center, the only Level-IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in West Michigan, offers the highest degree of quality care for at-risk newborns. We also have dedicated 12 beds in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to the care of infants and children with congenital heart disease or acquired heart disease.

Surgery for Adult Congenital Heart Defects

Individuals with congenital heart disease can also need surgery later in life. The Congenital Heart Center will schedule a pre-surgery consultation to discuss your diagnosis and treatment needs. After surgery, inpatient care is provided in the Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center.



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