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The Heart Institute

Pediatric Surgery

USC Cardiothoracic Surgeons offer expertise in all other types of congenital heart defects and lung problems which require surgery, including:

  • Atrial Septal Defect
    An atrial septal defect (ASD) is a hole in the wall (septum) between the two upper collecting chambers of the heart. These holes may be of varying size and may be in any of several positions on the septum. The size of the defect and its location are factors which determine how serious the defect is with respect to the amount of strain on the heart and the degree to which blood crosses from one side of the heart to the other, causing a “flooding” of the lungs. More...
  • Ventricular Septal Defect
    The wall dividing the two lower pumping chambers of the heart (right and left ventricles) is known as the ventricular septum. Abnormal development of this structure may result in a hole usually located at the upper portion of the septum. More...
  • The Ross Procedure
    The Ross Procedure is a type of specialized aortic valve surgery where the patient's diseased aortic valve is replaced with his or her own pulmonary valve. The pulmonary valve is then replaced with cryopreserved cadaveric pulmonary valve. In children and young adults, or older particularly active patients, this procedure offers several advantages over traditional aortic valve replacement with manufactured prostheses. More...
  • AV Septal Defect
  • Pulmonary Atresia
  • Lung Disease

For more information, please contact:

Heart Institute at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)


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