Surgical operations for congential heart conditions

 We perform around 300 open-heart operations per year on people with congenital heart conditions.

Common operations include:

  • Closing holes in the heart
  • Opening up and restoring or repairing heart valves
  • Opening up arteries

The unit also performs highly complex surgery on patients who only have one main pumping chamber (ventricle) in their heart. Single ventricle surgery is about re-routing the patient's blood supply to ensure that they can pump blood round their body effectively. Southampton is the leading unit in the country for performing this type of operation, and takes single ventricle patient referrals from all over the UK.

There are three cardiac surgeons who specialise in adult congenital heart:

Find out more about cardiac surgery including what happens when you come in and how to prepare.

Find out about some common treatments for congenital heart conditions, from the NHS Choices website.