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Is it ok for a one week old infant to under go heart operation?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Lars Erickson
Pediatrics - Cardiology
7 doctors agree
In brief: In the right setting
Some severe forms of severe congenital heart disease are not compatible with life without surgical repair, so in some cases emergency surgery in the newborn period is unavoidable.
Contrary to what you might guess, infants can recover from surgery very rapidly, usually much faster than adults.

In brief: In the right setting
Some severe forms of severe congenital heart disease are not compatible with life without surgical repair, so in some cases emergency surgery in the newborn period is unavoidable.
Contrary to what you might guess, infants can recover from surgery very rapidly, usually much faster than adults.
Dr. Lars Erickson
Dr. Lars Erickson
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, if needed
Some babies are born with heart problems and require immediate surgery to save their lives.

In brief: Yes, if needed
Some babies are born with heart problems and require immediate surgery to save their lives.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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Dr. John Stork
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
It may be necessary and life-saving, depending on the defect.
Neonatal cardiac surgery requires a center with extensive experience, and a dedicated team of nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, cardiologists, intensivists, perfusionists and others, all specializing in children- it is very different from adult heart surgery.

In brief: Yes
It may be necessary and life-saving, depending on the defect.
Neonatal cardiac surgery requires a center with extensive experience, and a dedicated team of nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, cardiologists, intensivists, perfusionists and others, all specializing in children- it is very different from adult heart surgery.
Dr. John Stork
Dr. John Stork
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Odd question
Docs like anyone else like work to be easier if possible.
The idea of operating on a tiny baby when it could be delayed until they double or triple in size is a no brainier. When they can, they will wait, since the work would be less stress for baby and doc.Some babies will not live a week unless you operate immediately.

In brief: Odd question
Docs like anyone else like work to be easier if possible.
The idea of operating on a tiny baby when it could be delayed until they double or triple in size is a no brainier. When they can, they will wait, since the work would be less stress for baby and doc.Some babies will not live a week unless you operate immediately.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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