Right Ventricular Outflow Tract Reconstruction

Also known as: RVOT reconstruction, cardiac surgery, heart catheterization, valve replacement.

What is right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction/pulmonary valve replacement?

The right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) is that part of the heart that carries blood out of the right ventricle to the lungs. Problems with the RVOT (like pulmonary atresia and pulmonary valve stenosis) are common among children with congenital heart defects, and many corrective surgeries for congenital heart defects, and dilatation of the RVOT can cause pulmonary artery valve insufficiency. RVOT reconstruction is a surgical repair of the RVOT. Frequently, a pulmonary valve will also need to be replaced as part of the reconstruction of the heart.

What happens during the procedure?

Both problems can often be treated with the use of heart catheterization (these are long, thin tubes that are inserted into the problem area in order to make the repairs) or open heart surgery.

Is any special preparation needed?

Depending on the procedure undertaken, your child will need to avoid food or drink, as well as certain medications for a period of time before the procedure and mild sedation or general anesthesia may be administered.

What are the risk factors?

Risks include bleeding, infection, or heart problems such as rupture, rapid heart rate or perforation of an artery.

Right Ventricular Outflow Tract Reconstruction/Pulmonary Valve Replacement at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital: Right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction/pulmonary valve replacement is performed by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s team of Nationally rated medical professionals using the most advanced techniques available.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: February 11, 2022 12:18 PM

The Heart Institute: Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery

The Heart Institute – a world leader in pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery and the care of children with congenital heart disorders – serves as a beacon to families confronting the reality of a child or newborn with a heart defect.

Learn More

Nicklaus Children's Heart Institute Reports 100 Percent Survival Rate for 2018

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.