Double Outlet Left Ventricle DOLV Surgery

Double Outlet Left Ventricle (DOLV) Surgery

Double outlet left ventricle (DOLV) is a rare condition at birth where the pulmonary artery and aorta both leave from the left ventricle. The only path for blood flow to the lungs is an opening joining the two ventricles. This opening is called a ventricular septal defect (VSD).

Surgery is needed to correct a DOLV. The VSD is closed with a patch. The pulmonary artery is separated and sewn to the heart. The right ventricle is attached to the pulmonary artery with a conduit and blood flow is restored.

If this procedure cannot be performed, a Stage II (Bidirectional Glenn procedure) and Stage III (Fontan Procedure) must be performed.

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