Unilateral absence of the pulmonary
artery (UAPA) is a heart defect that is present from birth. The pulmonary artery
takes blood from the heart to the lungs. In the absence of a pulmonary
artery, other blood vessels compensate by supplying blood to the
lungs. Pressure can build inside these vessels and lead to heart and lung
complications. UAPA can be left sided or
right sided. It most often occurs alone, but can occur with other heart
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My son was born with a heart defect. His right pulmonary artery isn't connected to his heart. His doctors want to do a surgery to reconnect it. Is this a very risky surgery? I can't find any information about this online. The doctors are telling me this isn't as bad as it could be, but I still am nervous. See answer