Utilizing Hybrid Techniques to Maximize Clinical Outcomes in Congenital Heart Disease.
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The past couple of decades have brought tremendous advances to the field of pediatric and adult congenital cardiology. Recent collaborations between interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons have sparked novel innovative hybrid procedures that provide potentially safer, faster, and less invasive alternatives to the management of many diseases. This paper will review the most recent advances in hybrid interventions in the field of pediatric and adult congenital cardiology. RECENT FINDINGS: The earliest experiences with hybrid interventions included intraoperative stenting of pulmonary arteries and perventricular device closure of ventricular septal defects. Newer hybrid interventions have focused on a hybrid approach to stage 1 palliation for infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and hybrid approaches to transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement in patients of all ages. Hybrid approaches to complex congenital heart disease are important in the management of congenital heart disease offering a less invasive approach, and novel hybrid procedures will likely be a focus of future research in this field.
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