Bidirectional Glenn Procedure
Also known as: bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis, bidirectional Glenn shunt, cavopulmonary shunt.
What is Bidirectional Glenn Procedure?
Bidirectional Glenn procedure is one in a series of surgeries performed to get a sufficient amount of blood to the lungs. It is needed when one of the heart’s ventricles doesn’t work well.
What happens during the procedure?
The procedure is an open heart procedure. It involves joining a vein called the superior vena cava with the right pulmonary artery. This allows blood to avoid the right side of the heart and go directly to the lungs for oxygenation.
Is any special preparation needed?
Bidirectional Glenn Procedure is a major medical procedure. It will require several tests beforehand. The child may need to stop taking certain medications and avoid food or drink for a period of time prior to the procedure.
What are the risk factors?
Risks can include infection, increased pressure in the lungs and damage to the lungs, diaphragm or lymph vessels.
Bidirectional Glenn Procedure at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital: Bidirectional Glenn procedure is an involved open-heart surgery, but the staff at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital offers high-quality care and excellent results during this stressful time.
Reviewed by: Jun Sasaki, MD
This page was last updated on: April 06, 2021 10:12 AM
April 03, 2019 – The Heart Institute at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has reported that all 270 children who underwent congenital heart surgery at Nicklaus Children’s in 2018 survived. Program directors are elated to report that as of this posting, more than 380 consecutive patients have undergone cardiac surgical procedures at the hospital without a single death.
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