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Cardiac Catheterization and Hybrid Catheterization

Treating heart defects with world-class technology

New advances in the repair of congenital heart defects are giving more patients the option to treat their defect through cardiac catheterization rather than in the operating room. Several devices that work as patches to correct some congenital heart defects have been developed that nearly eliminate the need for open-heart surgery. By using the newest catheter and device technologies, cardiologists at the Congenital Heart Center are able to provide advanced diagnoses and treatment of many heart defects. Services available in the catheterization laboratory include:

The Congenital Heart Center

  • Cardiac catheterization diagnostic procedures
  • Endovascular stent implantation
  • Atrial septal defect repair
  • Ventricular septal defect repair
  • Patent ductus arterious closure
  • Balloon angioplasty
  • Balloon valvuloplasty

Hybrid Catheterization Suites

The main catheterization laboratory at Kosair Children's Hospital was created as a hybrid suite with a combination of catheterization and operating facilities allowing interventional cardiologists and surgeons to treat a patient during a single procedure. This type of treatment can lead to faster recovery times, less tissue damage and reduced scarring. The technique is especially beneficial in treating newborns because it is less traumatic than traditional approaches.


Dr. Edward Kim, Pediatric Cardiologist, explains what goes on inside a cath lab. You will see a cardiac catheterization procedure and the benefits of having the ability for patients to have this done at Kosair Children's Hospital.

Kosair Children's Hospital: What is a cath lab?

Kosair Children's Hospital: Cardiac Catheterization