Neonatal & Infant Operations
Many major structural abnormalities are repaired during the neonatal period (first 30 days of life) or as an infant (first 12 months of life). As paediatric cardiac surgery has developed, the trend has been toward fixing structural abnormalities as completely as possible early in life. Creating the most optimal circulation allows the baby to take advantage of the normal period of accelerated growth.
All types of neonatal and infant surgery are offered including surgery for transposition of the great arteries (the arterial switch operation), Norwood surgery for hypoplastic left heart and other conditions, ventricular septal defects, atrioventricular septal defects and tetralogy of Fallot.
Professor Winlaw coordinates the surgical program for Hypoplastic left heart in NSW. Neonatal and infant surgery is the main focus of his practice.
Second opinions and surgery for overseas patients can be organised for neonates and infants with referrals commonly received from Indonesia, Hong Kong and the Middle East.