The department of Pediatric surgery at Jo Ann Medical Center provides general and specialized surgical services to infants, children, adolescents suffering from a wide range of congenital and acquired conditions. The department of pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery strives to provide premier clinical care to children in both outpatient and inpatient settings. At the Jo Ann Medical Center we perform all pediatric cardiac surgical cases in congenital heart disease.  Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect. In Georgia, approximately 600 children are given a birth with a heart congenital defects each year. Doctors use a physical exam and special heart tests to diagnose congenital heart defects.

        The number of patients who have been diagnosed congenital (present at birth) heart defects even before birth are growing increasingly. Approximately 40% of patients born in such pathology are in critical conditions during the first days of a life and about 70% of patients with a heart mumps needs an urgent medical treatment even in the first year of a life.

The Jo Ann Medical Center is a pioneer and founder of this division throughout the whole country as well as in whole region. The JAMC operates under western procedures and standards, with modern equipment and supplies.  Our doctors and nurses are also pioneers in life – saving fetal cardiac interventions. Our highly trained physicians are perfectly cognizant in all the methods of a diagnostic and treatment of congenital heart defects. e.g.( Echocardiography of the fetus; Transesophageal  echocardiography –is a test that produces pictures of your heart, uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to make detailed pictures of your heart and the arteries  that lead to and from it) ; Computer tomography; Magnetic resonance angiographic research. Minimally invasive surgery MIS has been used widely in adults and more recently in children for treating effectively and efficiently. MIS also offers the potential to perform operations with the less pain and quicker recovery.

In case of necessity, some congenital heart defects can be treated without radical surgery manipulation by the JAMC’s high qualified invasive cardiovascular specialists. The most of patents ductus arteriosus and atrial septal defects and some types of ventricular septal defects nowadays are closed by endovascular approach. Our cardiologists also treat valve and vessels narrowings  of various origin,  called valvuloplasty and balloon angioplasty and are performed using special catheters through arteries and/or veins of upper or lower extremities, in a catheterization lab equipped with a modern X-Ray equipment.

  Surgical department of congenital heart defects in the Jo Ann Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality care to our patients at any age group(even in preterm infant to adult) JAMC provide 24 –hour availability including access to full range of an urgent surgical services for all age group patients. The division of JAMC surgical services delivers the highest standard in comprehensive congenital heart diseases across a wide range of surgical specialties.  A multidisciplinary, quality, collaborative approach contributes to quality patients care and outcomes.  That’s why medical statistics of heart congenital pathologies at JAMC – patients life saving, successful operations and long -term prospects of their recovery, life –quality improvement are no less than a world’s recognized leading clinics in Europe and USA.