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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
Having identified your child's heart condition, we're able to begin the process of treating him, so that we may ultimately return him to good health.
Upon birth, your newborn will be admitted to Boston Children's Hospital's cardiac intensive care unit (CICU). Initially, he may be placed on oxygen or a ventilator to help him breathe, and IV (intravenous) medications may be given to help his heart and lungs function more efficiently.
Once he's stabilized, your baby's treatments will probably include:
After surgery, your child's cardiologist will offer recommendations for follow-up care, including:
As your baby recovers and grows, be sure to follow a regular program of well-baby/well-child checkups.
Surgical techniques for TGA and its associated defects are continually being refined, and the long-term outlook is continually improving. Most children who've had TGA surgery recover and grow normally. Even so, your child will need periodic monitoring, since he may be at some risk for arrhythmias, leaky valves, narrowing of the arteries at the sites of the switch, and other heart issues.
Your child's cardiologist will help you create a long-term care program as your baby matures into childhood, the teen years and even adulthood. Most people who have had congenital heart disease repair will have an ongoing relationship with their cardiologist. We'll prevent and treat any complications (often detected through cardiac MRI) and will advise on daily-life issues, such as activity levels, nutrition and precautions related to pregnancy.
We understand that if your child is has TGA, you'll have a lot of questions. Will surgery help my child? What's the long-term outlook? Boston Children's Hospital has a variety of resources at that may be helpful to your family:
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”