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Doctor insights on: Asd Closure Surgery

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Is it riskier to have surgery for asd when a child is younger or older?

Is it riskier to have surgery for asd when a child is younger or older?

Depends: The answer depends on the size and type of asd. In general, we often wait until the child is a few years as asds pose no emergency during that time (as long as there aren't other major medical conditions). The surgery is better tolerate and technically more successful when they are older. But again, this depends on whether the child has any other issues. ...Read more

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How often does the corrective surgery for asd fail?

How often does the corrective surgery for asd fail?

Very rarely: ASD surgery is usually very successful. There are some types of ASD that are more challenging, and there is a higher risk of having a small residual defect. While not a complete closure, small residual defects are not considered failures. ...Read more

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Will a child's weight increase after having asd surgery?

Possibly: An ASD repair will not cause an otherwise healthy child to gain weight. Rarely a child with an ASD will have significant enough heart failure that weight gain is slow. In those cases, repairing the ASD will restore normal weight gain. ...Read more

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What is the likelyhood of another surgery with an asd repair in a baby?

What is the likelyhood of another surgery with an asd repair in a baby?

No need to repair : There is no need to repair an ASD in neonates. In fact most asds in neonates and infants are rather small and will close by themselves. If asds are large and lead to a volhme load of the right ventricle they will be repaired after the 2nd year of life. We do that mostly as catheter procedures with less tan 30 minutes procedure time and less than 2 minutes of x ray under echocardiographic guidance. ...Read more

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What is the cost of pediatric interventional cardiology surgery like for asd?

What is the cost of pediatric interventional cardiology surgery like for asd?

No easy answer: Depends on so many factors. Insurance, material used, in or outpatient, anaesthesia, sedation, transesophageal echo or intracardiac echo. You should consult your interventionalist. I typically discuss these options with my patients. ...Read more

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When is surgery needed on infants with small sinus venosus asd?

When is surgery needed on infants with small sinus venosus asd?

Pulmonary veins: Sinus venosus defects are often associated with abnormal drainage of pulmonary veins. If the right heart is enlarged on echo therapy is indicated. ...Read more

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I have asd (hole in my heart) what are the chances I will need surgery some day?

I have asd (hole in my heart) what are the chances I will need surgery some day?

Depends: If you are an adult abd your ASD has a diameter of more than 6 mm it will likely lead to an enlargement of the right heart and should be closed to avoid later complications like rhythm problems. An echo will help to assess the size of the right heart. Most asds can be closed in the cath lab as outpatient pricedures with a quick recovery. ...Read more

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I recently am diagnosed with asd and cardiomegaly at age 22. Should i be taking any medications for this condition until the surgery in 6 months?

I recently am diagnosed with asd and cardiomegaly at age 22. Should i be taking any medications for this condition until the surgery in 6 months?

Typically no: Typically, there are no medicines that are important in people with atrial septal defects. People with ASD can have heart rhythm problems. Which can be helped by medication. ...Read more

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Age 17, diagnosed with asd, 1.5cm what r the precautions to b taken fr a month till surgery is conducted.It being delayed cause of my exams. Plz help.

Precautions: You should avoid any activity that makes you push: squatting, constipation, blowing ballon. However, at that size and with normal right side of heart pressures normal risk of adverse event is low. ...Read more

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If I had asd surgery when I was a baby what would cause heart pain now after 18 years?

If I had asd surgery when I was a baby what would cause heart pain now after 18 years?

Probably not heart: Most 18 year olds most likely are not going to have "heart pain" as you put it. If you're having palpitations and rapid heart beat, that can feel unusual and should be checked. However most likely the pain is when you breathe, or right in the middle of the chest, and represents pain where the cartilage meets the sternum. Get this looked at, but a muscular problem sounds more likely. ...Read more

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