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Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Specialists in Madrid

Hospitals and medical centers in Madrid, Spain who have pediatric cardiac surgery specialists.
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HM Hospitales

HM Hospitales is a hospital group with six private hospitals in Madrid: three general hospitals, a cardiovascular hospital, an oncological center and a women's health hospital.


Pediatric Cardiac Surgery is available at HM Hospitales

Sanitas Hospitales

Sanitas is a hospital group in Spain with two major facilities in Madrid that accommodates all medical specialties.


Pediatric Cardiac Surgery is available at Sanitas

4 listed cardiac surgeons:

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Dr. José Enrique Rodríguez Hernández

Head of Adult Cardiac Surgery Department, Sanitas La Zarzuela Hospital

Dr. Rubén Osvaldo Greco

Head of Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Department, Sanitas La Zarzuela Hospital

Hospital Ruber Internacional

The Ruber International Hospital is designed as a "whole hospital". thus achieving maximum efficiency in the organization and development of the various medical, welfare, educational and research activities.


Pediatric Cardiac Surgery is available at Hospital Ruber Internacional

Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 38 healthcare centers, more than 2,864 hospital beds and 7,500 associate doctors.


Pediatric Cardiac Surgery is available at Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Quirón Madrid University Hospital

An ISO certified modern private hospital, which was opened in 2006, and is part of the Quirón Hospital Group. This tertiary care hospital 400 has certified physicians from all medical specialties capable of treating the most complicated medical cases.


Pediatric Cardiac Surgery is available at Hospital Quirón Madrid

Listed cardiac surgeons:

Dr. Juan José Rufilanchas

Head of Division of Cardiac Surgery

Dr. Alberto Forteza

Head of Division of Cardiac Surgery

Nisa Pardo de Aravaca Hospital

A modern (opened in 2007), general, private hospital located in Madrid, part of the NISA group of hospitals. The international patients department can assist patients with accomodation and trasportation, and can communicate in English as well as in Spanish.


Pediatric Cardiac Surgery is available at Nisa Pardo de Aravaca Hospital

Clinica La Luz

The largest private hospital in Madrid, with over one hundred physicians providing tertiary medical services in over thirty medical specialties. The hospital is equipped to deal with the most complex of conditions, including oncology, neurosurgery and cardiac surgery.


Pediatric Cardiac Surgery is available at Clinica La Luz

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About Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

What is pediatric cardiac surgery?

This is surgery to the heart to repair heart defects in a child. The defects may be congenital (defects that a child is born with) or heart disease that a child gets after birth.

What is a Pediatric Heart Surgeon?

A pediatric cardiac surgeon is a heart surgeon who has special training in diagnosing treating and managing heart diseases and conditions in children. A pediatric heart surgeon treats complex congenital heart defects in newborns, children, and adolescents, as well as adults. Because of the small size of children pediatric heart surgeons have special skills needed to provide the best possible care to the children.


Pediatric heart surgeons are medical doctors who have completed at least 4 years of medical school, 5 years of general surgical residency, and 2-3 years of cardiothoracic residency and an additional 2-4 year of training in pediatric cardiac surgery.

Types of cardiac surgical procedures
  • Open-heart surgery: This is when the surgeon opens up the chest and performs surgery on the muscles, valves or arteries of the heart. A heart-lung bypass machine is usually used during open heart surgery. Open heart surgery is also referred to as traditional heart surgery. It involves the doctor making an incision through the sternum. The child is usually under general anesthesia. Tubes are used to re-route the blood through a heart-lung bypass machine. This machine adds oxygen to the blood and keeps the blood warm and circulating through the rest of the body while the surgeon repairs the heart. Using the heart-lung bypass machine allows the heart to be stopped so that the surgeon can repair the heart muscles, valves or blood vessels. After the repair is complete, the heart is started again and the machine is removed. The incisions are then closed.
  • Thoracotomy: This procedure involves making an incision on the side of the chest, between the ribs. It is also called closed heart surgery. This surgery is performed using special instruments and a camera.
  • Others: Another way to repair heart defects is by inserting small tubes into an artery in the leg and passes them up to the heart. However, not all heart defects can be repaired this way.

Symptoms that indicate that surgery is needed are:
  • Blue or gray skin, lips or nail beds. These symptoms indicate that there is lack of oxygen in the blood.
  • Difficulty breathing because the lungs are congested or filled with fluid.
  • Problems with the heart rate or heart rhythm
  • Poor feeding or sleeping
  • Lack of growth and development in a child

Before the Procedure
  • If your child is older try and talk to them before the procedure. Try and explain the procedure and why it is important to have it. Tell your doctor of any medications that your child is taking including supplements.
  • Your child may require different tests which include:
  • Blood tests
  • X-rays of the chest area
  • Echocardiogram (ECHO, or ultrasound of the heart)
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG, or ECG)
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • History and physical

After the Procedure
  • Most children who have open-heart surgery require 2-4 days in the intensive care unit right after surgery. During their time in the ICU, your child will have:
  • A tube in the airway and a respirator to help with breathing. Your child will be kept sedated while on the respirator.
  • One or more small tubes in a vein (IV line) to give fluids and medicines.
  • A small tube in an artery
  • 1 or 2 chest tubes to drain air, blood, and fluid from the chest cavity.
  • A tube through the nose into the stomach to empty the stomach and deliver medicines and feedings for several days.
  • A tube in the bladder to drain and measure the urine for several days.
  • Many electrical lines and tubes used to monitor the child.
  • By the time your child leaves the ICU, most of the tubes and wires will be removed and the child can begin resuming their regular activities.

Risks : Bleeding during or after surgery Bad reactions to medications Difficulty breathing Postoperative infection Blood clots (thrombi) Pneumonia Air bubbles (air emboli) Heart attack Heartbeat problems (arrhythmias) Stroke

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