Soon after surgery, babies have more energy and start to eat better and gain weight faster. But your baby may need high-calorie formula for several weeks or months after surgery. Your baby may also need tube feedings until he or she is able to feed better.
Your baby may become tired easily, and sleep more right after surgery. But within a few weeks, he or she should be fully recovered.
You may get other instructions from your child's cardiac team and the hospital staff.
Most children who have had truncus arteriosus surgical repair will live healthy lives. Their activity levels, appetite, and growth will usually return to normal. Talk with your child's cardiologist about what activities and sports are safe for your child.
child most likely will need more surgery as he or she grows. Surgery in young adulthood
may also be needed. These surgeries may involve replacing valves, repairing a narrowed
aorta or pulmonary arteries, or replacing conduits.
cardiologist may recommend that your child take antibiotics before surgery or dental
procedures. This is to prevent infection in the lining of the heart and heart valves
Your child will need regular follow-up care at a pediatric or adult congenital cardiac care center throughout life.
Talk with the cardiologist about your child’s outlook.