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Cedars-Sinai Only Medical Center In Southwest Routinely Performing Minimally Invasive Procedure For Pediatric Heart Disorder

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February 15, 2000
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While open-heart surgery has long been a standard course of treatment for patent ductus arteriosus, the third most common congenital heart disorder, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is instead utilizing a minimally invasive pediatric procedure that results in incisions of only 2mm – 3mm in length and often only a 24-hour hospital stay. Since 1994, Cedars-Sinai has been the only hospital in the Southwestern U.S. providing these procedures on a routine basis, performing more than 200 in the last five years.

LOS ANGELES (February 09, 2000) - “I was in shock,” stated Santa Maria resident Jill Martin about the day she learned her four-month-old baby, Alyson, had patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). The condition -- the third most common congenital heart disorder -- results when the ductus arteriosus, a large blood vessel that joins the pulmonary artery to the aorta during fetal development, does not close after birth, leading to potentially life-threatening problems. While open-heart surgery has long been a standard course of treatment, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is instead utilizing a minimally invasive procedure for patients like Alyson. The result: shorter hospitalization, less scarring and speedier recovery.


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