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Children who have symptoms from vascular rings need surgery. During surgery, doctors cut the rings so they don’t press on the trachea or esophagus.

Usually, this surgery is done through a small incision in the chest. It is not a very invasive surgery.

Your child may need medicine to help with their symptoms until surgery can be done.

If your child has vascular rings but doesn’t have symptoms, your doctor will want to check your child on a regular basis to see whether any symptoms start to develop.

New Treatments for Vascular Rings

Our heart team works closely with the general pediatric surgeons to treat vascular rings as noninvasively as possible. Recently, we have developed a team that can treat some cases of vascular rings with thoracoscopic surgery, using a small camera and microsurgical tools inserted into the chest through tiny holes. This may reduce the recovery time after surgery.

Helping Your Child Transition to Adult Care 

To meet your child’s long-term healthcare needs, we have a special Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program to transition your child to adult care when they’re ready.

Contact Us

Contact the Heart Center at 206-987-2015 for a cardiac referral, a second opinion or more information.

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