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

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Dr. William Scott
Pediatrics - Cardiology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology

In brief: It May

The answer depends on whether the poor weight gain was from the ASD or another cause.
If from the asd, then yes, the child should gain better weight. But, obviously, if the problem were due to another source, then likely not.

In brief: It May

The answer depends on whether the poor weight gain was from the ASD or another cause.
If from the asd, then yes, the child should gain better weight. But, obviously, if the problem were due to another source, then likely not.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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Dr. William Scott
Pediatrics - Cardiology

In brief: Possibly

An ASD usually does not cause heart failure.
The repair is performed to prevent future problems. Rarely an ASD will cause heart failure and in that circumstance repair may improve growth.

In brief: Possibly

An ASD usually does not cause heart failure.
The repair is performed to prevent future problems. Rarely an ASD will cause heart failure and in that circumstance repair may improve growth.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Catch up likely

If a kids ASD was holding back his growth rate, fixing the problem would result in more available energy for growth.
Catch up growth over the next months & years would be expected. If it were a small defect with minimal growth effect, it might not matter.

In brief: Catch up likely

If a kids ASD was holding back his growth rate, fixing the problem would result in more available energy for growth.
Catch up growth over the next months & years would be expected. If it were a small defect with minimal growth effect, it might not matter.
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