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We perform a wide range of procedures because our congenital heart disease team understands that treatment is not "one-fits-all" care. Your best option will depend on the severity of your congenital heart disease. We will work with you to determine what strategy or strategies will be ideal for your condition and your personal needs.
At the University of Chicago Medicine, our congenital heart disease specialists are pioneers in the use of innovative devices to close holes in the heart without the need for surgery. These small devices are placed using catheters that are inserted into the artery or vein in the groin. Many patients with atrial septal defect, patent ductus arteriosus, patent foramen ovale or ventricular septal defect have been successfully treated with these devices. These special nonsurgical procedures offer many advantages, including:
Some congenital heart problems can cause heart rhythm disorders. Our team of adult and pediatric electrophysiologists offer the full range of diagnostic and treatment options for arrhythmias, including radiofrequency ablation and implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators.
Patients with narrowed arteries or blood vessels can often benefit from balloon angioplasty or stent placement to improve blood flow. Balloon angioplasty involves the use of thin tubes (catheters) that are inserted into a blocked or narrowed artery. The catheter has a tiny balloon on its tip that is inflated to widen the artery. Stents are tiny steel mesh tubes that are sometimes placed in blood vessels to help keep them open.
Thin tubes (catheters) can often be used to relieve obstructions caused by thickened heart valves, commonly seen in patients with aortic or pulmonary valve stenosis. A small balloon is attached to the tip of the catheter and is then inflated to open the valve opening.
UChicago Medicine offers the most advanced surgical options for congenital heart disease and other heart problems. Highlights of our program include:
UChicago Medicine is one of a handful of hospitals in the world that offers a wide range of robotic approaches for heart conditions.
As pioneers in heart valve procedures, UChicago Medicine heart surgeons can often offer surgical solutions that are not available at most hospitals.