Double Outlet Right Ventricle (DORV) | Treatments

What are the treatment options for double outlet right ventricle?

Children with double outlet right ventricle (DORV) will need surgery to close the hole in the heart and connect the aorta to the left ventricle and the pulmonary artery to the right ventricle.

The most common surgical procedure for DORV with a ventricular septal defect (VSD) is called intraventricular tunnel repair. For this surgery, the surgeon creates a kind of tunnel to connect the left ventricle to the aorta. A patch placed within the heart directs left ventricle blood flow to the aorta.

Double Outlet Right Ventricle patient story

Another procedure, called an arterial switch operation, is necessary if the aorta and the pulmonary artery are reversed in relation to each other. For this procedure, a tunnel from the VSD to the pulmonary artery is created, connecting the left ventricle to the pulmonary artery. Then, the vessels are disconnected and reconnected so that the pulmonary artery becomes the aorta and the aortic valve is connected to the pulmonary artery, and the holes between the left and right ventricles of the heart are closed.

If your child has other heart conditions associated with DORV, he or she may also need other types of surgery.

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