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Our cardiac anesthesiologists are trained to manage all aspects of heart surgery and the pathophysiology of congenital heart disease. They are involved in all three phases of surgery: before, during and after.

If your child is having surgery, one of our anesthesiologists will discuss the sedation process with you prior to the operation. Your child is unique—so the anesthesiologist creates an anesthesia plan specifically for your child’s condition, procedure and particular needs.

On the day of your pre-surgical testing, you'll meet an entire team that includes registered nurses, cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, anesthesiologists, respiratory therapists, social workers, clinical dietitians and others. This group works together to develop an  individual care plan to meet your child’s medical and emotional needs. They also try, to the greatest extent possible, to meet your family's needs for information, support and assistance. An anesthesiologist will meet with you and your child (in an age-appropriate fashion) to describe step-by-step what will happen on the day of surgery. The doctor will discuss each step in as much detail as you desire, and will answer all your questions.

Before surgery, your child's anesthesiologist will administer the proper anesthetics to ensure your child is asleep and feeling no pain during the procedure. During the procedure, the doctor will administer and coordinate ventilation, drug and other treatments that support heart, lung, kidney, brain and other critical functions. And after the surgery, we'll monitor your child's functions until they are stabilized in the cardiac intensive care unit.

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