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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
The benefits of minimally invasive cardiac surgery can be many, including:
If your child undergoes an open-heart surgical procedure that requires the use of a heart-lung bypass machine:
Video assisted thoracoscopic surgery is a type of minimally invasive cardiac surgical procedure.
During the procedure, a video scope is introduced into the chest through a "port" just a few millimeters in length. Three other ports allow for the introduction of instruments necessary to do the work.
Just like with other kinds of minimally invasive surgery, video assisted technique means a quicker recovery and lessened pain at the incision site for your child.
We have used this approach here at Boston Children’s to close patent ductus arteriousus, and to divide vascular rings, and researchers are actively looking into expanding the application of this kind of surgery to other cardiac defects.
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.”