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"Surgery for tetralogy of Fallot even 30 years ago was very good, but we continue to improve our medical and surgical management of this condition. Recent advances at Children's and elsewhere have made the surgery safer and more effective, and promise to improve upon already excellent long-term results."
––Thomas Kulik, MD, cardiac intensivist, Boston Children's Hospital
If your infant or child has been diagnosed with tetralogy of Fallot (ToF), an understanding of the condition will help you to cope with this combination of congenital (present at birth) heart defects. While serious, ToF is treatable surgically, and the long-term outlook for the vast majority of children is excellent.
Our team in Boston Children’s Heart Center understands how distressing a diagnosis of tetralogy of Fallot can be for parents. You can have peace of mind knowing that our surgeons treat some of the most complex pediatric heart conditions in the world, with excellent results.
Our outcomes for repair of ToF, measured over the last two years, is greater than 92 percent survival for neonates in the first 30 days of life, and greater than 99 percent survival for patients beyond 30 days of age.
We have found that the following elements provide the best possible outcomes for patients with ToF:
Our specialized training in pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery means that we understand the unique challenges, circumstances and intricacies of working with young people who have heart conditions. In addition to our medical expertise, we provide patient-centered care that always recognizes your child as an individual—and we offer resources to meet the needs of your entire family.
In 1938, Boston Children’s cardiac surgeon Robert Gross, MD, performed the world’s first successful surgery to correct a child’s heart defect. Since that time, we have gained recognition around the globe for our leadership in pediatric cardiology, and continue to make critical advances in the field.
Tetralogy of Fallot: Reviewed by Thomas Kulik, MD
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