Self-expanding nitinol stent for treatment of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)More Info
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) is the term used for a variety of simultaneously occurring malformations of the heart and aorta in neonates. The left ventricle of the heart is underdeveloped and completely closed off from the aorta, so that blood flow to the aorta is provided by the ductus arteriosus to ensure that essential organs are supplied with blood. HLHS is among the most serious congenital heart defects and is fatal in 99% of cases if left untreated.
A number of options are available for successful treatment of HLHS. Hybrid procedure is particularly safe and reduces patient stress to a minimum. A heart-lung machine is not required and the number, complexity and duration of interventions can be reduced.