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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have a hole in my heart asd and i need open heart surgery is it risky and will my heart be normal after that?
What is the recovery time for a 2 year old having an open heart surgery to fix asd vsd and double right chamber?
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
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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