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Is my child a candidate for the biventricular repair program?

Not all patients are candidates for biventricular repair. It is a complex process and there are risks involved with this type of approach, which is why our dedicated team of specialists evaluates and monitors each patient individually.

The only way to find out for certain if your child is a candidate for this procedure is to contact our program for a second opinion.

What is the evaluation process for a biventricular repair?

To conduct a proper evaluation of your child’s condition, we will need to review your child’s medical records, including cardiac MRIs, CT scans, echocardiograms and cardiac catheterizations.

Once we have your child’s records, our team will review your child’s case at our weekly conference, which includes a highly specialized team of pediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiac ICU team and nurse practitioners. In some cases, we may want to do further testing before we can make a recommendation.

If your child seems like a good candidate for the repair, we will ask you to come in for a pre-op visit to make sure everything is in order before we move ahead with surgery.

How do you handle follow-up visits in between procedures?

In most cases, your child will need several surgeries or procedures over the course of months or years to convert to two-ventricle circulation. We strongly recommend that your child return to Boston Children’s for follow-up visits in between these procedures. If that’s not possible, we will work with your local cardiologist to monitor and evaluate your child’s progress.

Once the biventricular repair is complete, your child will need a follow-up visit at three to six months, one year and then at least once a year thereafter. In some cases, your child’s cardiologist may recommend more frequent visits. All children with a biventricular repair will need life-long monitoring and care from a cardiologist.

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