Patent Ductus Arteriosus

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Surgical Closure or Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) ligation

Surgery is recommended in patients who are too small in size for trans-catheter closure or if they had a failed trans-catheter closure. Sometimes surgery is done on an urgent basis in patients with complications such as congestive heart failure, recurrent pneumonia, failure to thrive or pulmonary hypertension.

The main purpose of PDA ligation is to prevent complications of the lungs and the heart due to increased blood flow and pressure.

This surgery does not require opening the heart. The patient is under general anesthesia during the whole procedure. For breathing - a breathing tube or endotracheal tube is inserted down the throat and is connected to a ventilator. The patient will be lie on his/her side with the right side down. The incision is made near the left armpit on the left side of the chest. A small cut is made between the ribs to open the chest cavity to reveal the PDA between the pulmonary artery and the aorta. This incision is called “Left Posterolateral Thoracotomy”. Several nerves like the vagus, phrenic and recurrent laryngeal nerves are close to the PDA shunt. The surgeon takes great care to identify and avoid any amage to these nerves. The PDA is then tied with sutures or closed with surgical clips. Tubes will be placed in the chest cavity to drain the blood and fluid produced after surgery. Then the incision will be closed with sutures, cleaned and dressed.

The patient will be then transported to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or Post Surgical Care Unit. Here the patient’s blood pressure, pulse, ECG etc., will be monitored continuously. Once the child is able to breathe on its own, the ventilator will be slowly weaned off. Chest tubes also will be removed when the drainage stops. Stay in the ICU is usually a day or less if there are no complications. Total hospital stay is less than a week in case of uneventful recovery.

Ligation of PDA can be done safely and effectively by a minimally invasive surgical method called “VATS or through Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery” In this a laparoscope with video camera is used for the procedure. Three or four small keyholes are made for passing the nstruments for the procedure.


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What are some therapy options for improving a hoarse, high pitched voice as a result of Left Vocal Cord Paralysis.
speechpath Saturday, February 9, 2013
My son is 6 years had an operation of PDA he is fine,eats well though still thin but strong and active.its now 3month
victor6 Thursday, January 31, 2013
Without treatments, Disease Patent Ductus Arteriosus[PDA] may progress from left-to-right(acyanotic heart) shunt to right-to-left shunt(cyanotic heart) called Eisenmenger syndrome, which has a grave outcome.
tjavailable Friday, January 28, 2011
Pls clarify why did the PDA problem occurs for the child?
What are all reasons for PDA Problem?

My Baby had at three months baby, cardiologist surgery and clear that problem..But I have one doubt in future anyother problem occurs for child...pls reply me as soon as possible.....

Kavivarshini Tuesday, November 10, 2009
What the reasons for PDA Problem occurs to child?

Kavivarshini Saturday, November 7, 2009
My daughter had this PDA problem in 3months baby. then cardiologist surgery for my baby. She is well. now she is 1 1/2 years old...I know in future anyother problem occurs for my daughter.
Kavivarshini Saturday, November 7, 2009
I would like to know the same thing. My daughter has a pda and doesn't eat. Tube fed. How is the success rate with eating after her pda is fixed?
ProudMother Thursday, July 16, 2009
Regarding PDA - cardiac catheterization route - could you please let me know the risk factor and sucess rate.


SureshViswanathan Friday, January 30, 2009
My name is Tracey, I am 44 years old, and at age 6 I had a PDA closure with no complications. I have led a healthy and happy life. I am married and have three beautiful children.
soccermom7 Sunday, March 20, 2011

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