Indexed on: 13 Apr '17Published on: 13 Apr '17Published in: European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome or related malformations are predominantly treated with a 3-stage palliation. Anatomic or physiologic problems can lead to unplanned additional surgical or catheter interventions during single ventricle palliation. Changes in operative technique may have an impact on the reoperation rate.Between 1997 and 2014, 317 Norwood procedures were performed at our centre. A retrospective single centre investigation was carried out concerning incidence, timing, indication and type of unplanned interstage cardiac reoperations and catheter interventions during follow-up of Norwood patients. Patients were followed from birth until the end of 2015. Cardiac procedures taking place at the time of the bidirectional Glenn or Fontan procedure or heart transplantation were not included.Sixty-five of the Norwood patients (20.5%) had at least one additional surgical cardiac procedure. Nine patients (2.8%) needed open procedures prior to the Norwood operations, 11.0% had procedures in the interstage I, 3.5% in the interstage II and 9.1% of the Fontan patients had cardiac reoperations afterwards. Main indications for unplanned surgery were insufficient pulmonary perfusion and tricuspid regurgitation. Eighty-one patients (25.6%) had at least one interstage catheter intervention during follow-up mainly addressing stenosis of the pulmonary arteries, aortic arch stenosis or aortopulmonary collaterals.The number of unplanned reoperations and interventions during staged palliation is remarkably high showing surgical peaks in the interstage I and after the Fontan procedure and an interventional peak in the interstage II. Thorough early information of the parents about possibly anticipated additional procedures is necessary.