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Heart: Norwood Procedure

A child's birth is a most joyous moment, but not all babies are born with a healthy heart. For newborns diagnosed with a rare congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, surgical intervention is their only chance for survival. Thankfully, a lifesaving three-step surgical procedure is available at UC Davis Health System, bringing hope and comfort to families in the region.

The first of these surgeries is called the Norwood procedure. As the region's only academic health center, UC Davis is leading the way as the first hospital in inland Northern California to perform this remarkable surgery. And because mending these tiny hearts requires an initial hospital stay of several weeks, return visits for follow-up care and two additional surgeries, access to care that's close to home can help ease the stress on newborns and their families alike.

The Norwood procedure rewires the right ventricle to take over for the underdeveloped left side of the heart. Over the next two to three years, the child's cardiovascular system is reconfigured and, in essence, a heart is reconstructed that allows the child to grow and thrive. It's one of the most specialized procedures that UC Davis Health System performs, giving your bundle of joy the promise of tomorrow.

Learn more about live-saving cardiothoracic surgery at UC Davis Health System.

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