If your baby is discharged home
before having a repair procedure, you will be shown how to feed and give medicine to
your baby. You will also be taught what symptoms to report to your child's healthcare
When your child is discharged after
the PDA repair, you may give pain medicine such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen to keep
your child comfortable. Your child's cardiac team will talk about pain control before
your child goes home.
Often infants who fed poorly before surgery have more energy once they recover. They begin to eat better and gain weight faster.
Within a few weeks after surgery,
older children are often fully recovered and able to do normal activities.
You will get other instructions from your child's cardiac team and the hospital staff.
In premature infants, the outlook after PDA surgical repair depends on gestational age and overall health.
In children born full-term, early
diagnosis and repair of PDA lets them live normal, healthy lives. Activity levels,
appetite, and growth should return to normal. Your child's cardiologist may advise that
your child take antibiotics to prevent infection in the heart lining and valves
In children with large PDAs diagnosed very late or never repaired, the outlook is uncertain. They are at risk for increased blood pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs (pulmonary hypertension). These children should get follow-up at a care center that specializes in congenital heart disease.
Talk with your child's cardiologist about your child’s outlook.