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Wolfson Children's Hospital Helping Your Child

Heart Surgery

The congenital heart surgeons at Wolfson Children’s have expertise in all congenital heart procedures, ranging from simple to highly complex. Whether it’s open-heart, minimally invasive or video-assisted surgery, our board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons use the most-advanced technology and techniques to repair heart defects.

C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry Heart Center

Wolfson Children’s Hospital provides pediatric cardiology in partnership with University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville. Learn more

Experience Matters

Our surgeons not only know how to operate, but they know which procedure is best for each individual’s situation and when it should be performed. The team uses advanced imaging techniques, including echocardiography, cardiac MRI and 3-D imaging, to help determine the right approach, resulting in some of the best pediatric heart surgery outcomes in the nation.

Lifesaving technology

The cardiovascular surgery team has expertise with machines that mechanically support the heart and improve blood flow to the body before, during and after many heart surgeries. Ventricular assist devices can take over heart and/or lung function long enough for the heart to heal, or until your child gets a transplant. 

Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU)

All heart surgery patients recover in our specialized CVICU just for children and some adults with congenital heart disease who require close care and monitoring following catherization procedures and surgical repairs. Our 12-bed CVICU features advanced monitoring and treatment technologies, and is staffed by congenital cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, critical care physicians, hospitalists and critical care nurses.

C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry Heart Center

University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville Wolfson Children’s Hospital

Wolfson Children’s Hospital provides pediatric cardiology in partnership with University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville. Learn more

Quality and Outcomes

Our Terry Heart is dedicated to the very best cardiac care and outcomes for every patient. We believe that what gets measured always gets better and this focus on quality ensures the best care for our patients. Our outcomes are some of the best in the country, and we provide this information so you can make better decisions about your child’s care.

Overall Survival Rates for Pediatric Heart Surgery1

2011–2015

High-Complexity Stat 4 Heart Surgeries

High-Complexity Stat 5 Heart Surgeries

  1. Based on patient volumes for the last 4 years, totaling 766 cases

High-Tech Facilities

In our hybrid vascular operating room (OR), technologies and capabilities combine to create part imaging suite, part catheterization lab and part operating room. We no longer need to transfer the patient to different parts of the hospital for different procedures, resulting in enhanced patient safety and outcomes.

The real-time confirmation that repairs are working during the surgery also reduces the time a patient spends in the OR.

Wolfson Children's Hospital High-Tech Facilities

Soft Comfort Helps Surgery Patients

Wolfson Children's Hospital Heart Pillows'
Heart surgery patients at Wolfson Children’s Hospital receive special heart-shaped pillows upon admission. Not only are they cuddly and welcoming, but they’re therapeutic and educational as well. Doctors sometimes use the attached marker to draw on the heart diagram on the pillow, explaining the procedure to help put nervous children and parents at ease. After surgery, the pillow can be used to reduce pain by supporting the chest during movement, deep breathing therapy and coughing. Many families have their heart team sign their pillow before going home, which provides memories of the loving care they received.

Our Team

Cardiothoracic surgeons at Wolfson Children's perform delicate heart surgeries and patients benefit from their collaboration and years of experience. They are board certified in pediatric cardiac surgery and each performs an average of 100 heart surgeries a year.

The heart surgery team at Wolfson Children’s also includes six pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists who have specialized training to ensure your child’s comfort and safety. Other important members of the surgery team are cardiac nurses, cardiac nurse practitioners, cardiopulmonary perfusionists who operate ventricular assist devices, and many others.

Follow-up Care Near You

After your child recovers from heart surgery and is sent home, follow-up care won’t be far from home. In addition to Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, we have satellite locations throughout North Florida and South Georgia.

Patient Stories

Daytona Beach Boy Born With Complex Heart Defects Thriving After Multiple Surgeries in Jacksonville

See how Derrick Schachte thrives, despite being born with four life-threatening heart defects, and immune and blood-clotting disorders.

Read Derrick's Story

Adult Congenital Heart Patient Puts Her Heart Into Motherhood

Read how Rebecca Zwass-Brown overcame multiple defects, surgeries and a groundbreaking procedure to fulfill her dream of motherhood.

Read Rebecca’s Story