Truncus arteriosus treatment at Children's Colorado
If your child has been diagnosed with truncus arteriosus, he or she will need heart surgery to repair it.
Surgery is recommended within the first few weeks of life if the condition is detected immediately after birth. During the procedure, a pediatric cardiac surgeon will close the holes within the heart and separate the pulmonary and truncal arteries.
Usually, surgeons will place a tube or conduit from the right ventricle to the pulmonary artery. This tube will need to be replaced in the future, usually several years after the first operation as the child grows.
In older children, surgical therapy may not be possible, which is why it is important to diagnose this condition as soon as possible.
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Recovery and life after heart surgery
After truncus arteriosus treatment, children will spend 2 to 3 weeks in the hospital and have follow-up appointments with a cardiologist.
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