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Treatment for hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) involves three stages of heart surgery. Within days of birth, HLHS babies will have the Norwood procedure. When they reach four to six months old, it's time for the Glenn surgery. The third and final surgery, the Fontan, marks the beginning of some stability in the lives of patients with HLHS. Here, Karla and Derick help Kara and Kelly understand what to expect during each stage.
The Norwood, Glenn and Fontan procedures vary in terms of operating time, hospital stay and recovery. Get the specifics about the three surgeries.
Here at Children's Colorado, we believe in transparency. See for yourself how our surgical survival rates for HLHS procedures make us one of the top pediatric heart hospitals in the country.
At Children's Colorado, kids with HLHS receive specialized care from pediatric cardiologists and surgeons – and from other pediatric experts such as Child Life specialists, nutritionists, social workers, and physical and occupational therapists. Our multidisciplinary team continuously evaluates their condition and coordinates care with their pediatrician. It's just one way we're ensuring these children have a long, happy and healthy life.
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