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Atrial Septal Defect Repair in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about an atrial septal defect (ASD) repair?

An ASD repair is surgery to close a hole in the septum (wall) between the upper chambers of your child's heart. The upper chambers are called the right atrium and the left atrium. An ASD repair is done through open heart surgery or a percutaneous (through the skin) procedure. The type of repair used depends on the size of the ASD and your child's age and symptoms.

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How can I help prepare my child for an ASD repair?

What will happen during a surgical ASD repair?

What will happen during an ASD repair procedure?

What should I expect after an ASD repair?

What can I do to help my child recover in the hospital?

What are the risks of an ASD repair?

Your child may bleed more than expected or get an infection. Your child may get a blood clot in his or her leg, arm, heart, lungs, or brain. Fluid may build up around your child's heart or lungs and make it hard for him or her to breathe. Your child's heart muscle or valves may be damaged during surgery. Your child may have an irregular heartbeat or develop heart failure. The devices used to close the ASD may move out of place. Your child may need another surgery or procedure to fix this.

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