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pediatric cardiac and adult congenital surgeries Archive Questions

Below are Dr. Kaushal’s answers to pediatric cardiac and adult congenital surgeries questions
received through the Ask the Expert feature.

This content is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended
to be a substitute for individual medical advice in diagnosing or treating a
health problem. Please consult with your physician about your specific health
care concerns.

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Q : 1

My son is 15 years old and has pectus carinatum, which has gotten worse over this past year. What type of doctor should I take him to?

Thank you for your inquiry. This is Melanie Muller, a nurse practitioner working with Dr. Kaushal. Dr. Kaushal can help your son with his pectus carinatum. It would be most helpful for you to set up a consultation with Dr. Kaushal by calling his office at 410-328-5842. We would be happy to help and look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Melanie Muller, CRNP

Q : 2

My daughter is about to have open heart surgery for ASD repair. Are two people allowed to stay the night during her hospital stay?

There is usually only room for one family member to stay the night.

Q : 3

My newly born baby has a heart defect. The doctor says his arteries and veins are working the opposite way or placed the opposite way. What is the solution to this problem? Can you suggest a doctor and how expensive this will be?

Your baby has transposition of the great arteries. You could have the surgery in India or come to my center in Baltimore. We have excellent results on this lesion. Please let me know how you would like to proceed.

Q : 4

My 10-year-old son has congenital aortic stenosis. A recent checkup showed that his ascending aorta has gone up from 30 mm to 35 mm. His doctor has suggested watching it closely and replacement of the aorta tube and valve if it increases. How complex is the surgery? Is your center experienced in these cases?

He most likely would need to have his aortic valve replaced as this has been become narrowed. The aorta, which is past the obstruction, usually becomes dilated in response to the aortic valve narrowing. We have a lot of experience with the surgical repair for this type of problem. Most likely, your son will require a Ross procedure which I do routinely.

Q : 5

My baby has ASD and VSD. Can this resolve on its own or does it require surgery?

I usually fix the VSD and the ASD at 6 months. This is the best time to prevent problems with pulmonary hypertension.


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