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Patent Ductus Arteriosus Ligation in Newborns


Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) ligation is surgery to close the opening between your baby's aorta and pulmonary artery.


Follow up with your baby's cardiologist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


Your baby may need to sleep more after surgery. Allow your baby to rest as much as possible.

Wound care:

Carefully wash the incision area with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change the bandages when they get wet or dirty. Your baby may have steri-strips (medical tape) on his incision. Keep them clean and dry. They will fall off by themselves after several days. Do not pull them off.

Help protect your baby from illness:

Keep your baby away from people who have colds or the flu. Also try to keep your baby away from large groups of people. This decreases your baby's risk of getting sick.

Do not smoke around your baby:

Secondhand smoke harms your baby's heart and lungs. If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Ask your healthcare provider for information if you need help quitting.

Contact your baby's cardiologist if:

  • Your baby has a fever.
  • Your baby has chills, a cough, or sounds congested.
  • You have questions or concerns about your baby's condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Your baby suddenly has shortness of breath or coughs up blood.
  • Blood soaks through your baby's bandage.
  • The skin around your baby's incision is red, swollen, or has pus draining from it.
  • Your baby's stitches come apart.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.