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Nicklaus Children's Hospital Heart Program


What to Expect when your Infant has Open Heart Surgery

By: The Parents of Myranda (8 months old) Open Heart Surgery Patient October 2, 1995 at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital Dr. Redmond Burke, Chief, Cardiovascular Surgery.
The Day Before Surgery
Admitted to hospital, a few tests (minimal pain and discomfort)
Myranda Photo
Day of Surgery
12:15 pm - Surgery begins
4:30 pm - Surgery completed
5:00 pm - Patient moved to CICU
Myranda surgery photo
Seven Hours After Surgery
Many I.V.s Two Chest tubes allow drainage Sleeping, breathing helped by ventilator
Myranda after surgery photo
Two Days After Surgery
All but two drugs discontinued Chest tubes removed, I.V. in left arm only Breast feeding okay
Myranda 3 days after surgery photo
Three Days After Surgery
Moved out of CICU to regular hospital room Eating baby food
Myranda photo

Four Days After Surgery
Sitting up Very active
Posing for picture with Dr. Burke

Ready to go home

Myranda with Dr. Burke photo
Five Days After Surgery
Home taking two medicines with few restrictions
Myranda Photo
Eight Months After Surgery
Look close or you'll miss the scar!
Myranda at home photo

Recognition and Outcomes Tell the Story

The Heart Program provides care for more children with congenital heart disorders than any other hospital in Florida and has been ranked among the nation’s best for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery by U.S.News & World Report.
What’s more, The Heart Program has cardiovascular surgery outcomes that are among the very best in the nation, according to a U.S.News & World Report assessment conducted as part of the most recent ranking.
Nicklaus Children's Heart Program is a qualified participant in Aetna’s Institutes of Excellence™  network.

A Distinguished History of Saving Little Hearts

During the 1960s, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, became the first facility in Florida to perform pediatric open-heart surgery. Over the years, the hospital has continued to build on this tradition of leadership and excellence in pediatric cardiology.
In 1995, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, recruited top cardiac physicians and surgeons in pediatric cardiology to oversee new services that included Florida’s first dedicated Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, a state-of-the-art Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Program, and, later, a Clinical Research Program and Electrophysiology Program.

In Depth Tour of The Heart Program
Take an in-depth tour and meet the team members that make up the Nicklaus Children's Heart Program.
Heart Program Virtual Visit
For more information about The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospita or to make an appointment, please call (305) 662-8301.

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