Pediatric heart surgery in the Rocky Mountain region
At Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (RMHC at P/SL), we offer the latest surgical technology and some of the region’s top pediatric cardiovascular surgeons right here in Denver.
To reach our pediatric cardiac surgery team, please call (720) 475-8730.and the bold "Pediatric-Thoracic-And-Cardiac-Surgery" must be changed by specialty
We know pediatric heart surgery can be overwhelming for parents and children. That is why we have gathered the best physicians and are home to the latest tools and surgical techniques to provide comprehensive care for a wide spectrum of congenital heart disease in children and premature infants.
Because children have smaller hearts and blood vessels than adults, they need doctors who have advanced pediatric training and use child-size instruments. Children also require special sedation and monitoring because of their size, age and varying abilities to understand what is happening to them. That’s exactly what you’ll find on our campus—a kid-friendly atmosphere and a medical staff dedicated to making your child’s surgical experience as comfortable as possible.
An important member of your child’s care team at RMHC at P/SL is a child life specialist. The child life specialist uses age-appropriate communication to help your child understand their care and treatment. He or she is also a resource for your family, helping young siblings understand the hospital and surgical experiences.
Pediatric heart conditions we treat
Our pediatric heart surgeons in Denver have extensive experience with the following conditions and procedures:
- Anomalous left coronary artery
- Aortic arch
- Aortic stenosis
- Atrial septal defect
- Aortic coarctation
- Atrioventricular canal abnormality
- Double outlet right ventricle
- Eisenmenger syndrome
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
- Interrupted aortic arch
- Patent ductus arteriosus
- Pediatric cardiomyopathy
- Pulmonary atresia
- Pulmonary stenosis
- Pulmonary valve stenosis
- Single ventricle anomalies
- Total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC)
- Total anomalous pulmonary venous drainage (TAPVD)
- Total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR)
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- Transposition of the great arteries
- Tricuspid atresia
- Truncus arteriosus
- Vascular ring
- Ventricular septal defects
Pediatric heart procedures may be performed in a specially equipped cardiac catheterization lab or a traditional operating room. Your pediatric cardiologist or pediatric heart surgeon will determine the most appropriate setting for your child's procedure. Please note that we do not perform heart transplants.
After having heart surgery in Denver, your child will recover and be cared for in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Our PICU has the latest medical technology and is staffed with specialized physicians and nurses who are highly trained in caring for pediatric cardiac patients.
We know family is an integral part of a child’s care team, and we want you and your family to be able to provide as much support as possible for your child. We encourage you to stay with your child in the hospital, and we offer guest room service and hotel discounts for family.
Additionally, the Ronald McDonald House® Charities of Denver offers housing for families who have traveled from rural Colorado or bordering states, so loved ones can be close to their injured or ill child.
Surgery preparation resources for parents
- Infant surgery preparation
- Toddler surgery preparation
- School-age child surgery preparation
- Adolescent surgery preparation
- Pediatric surgery, what to expect