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Children with coarctation of the aorta can have the condition repaired two different ways: through cardiac catheterization or thoracic surgery. When recommending treatment, specialists with Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, will consider your child’s age, overall health, the site of the narrowing and the level of narrowing in the aorta.
Norton Children’s Heart Institute is the leading provider of pediatric heart care in Louisville and Southern Indiana.
Norton Children’s Heart Institute has a network of remote diagnostic and treatment services in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
A number of different surgical techniques can be used to repair a coarctation of the aorta:
Complications from coarctation of the aorta surgery may include:
Children treated for coarctation of the aorta will need long-term follow-up with a cardiologist. The cardiologist will look for any issues that can happen later in life, such as renarrowing or high blood pressure. These visits will include a physical exam and blood pressure measurements in the arms and legs.