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Atrial Septal Defect Repair

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

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

An ASD repair is used to close a hole in the septum (wall) between the upper chambers of your heart. The upper chambers are called the right atrium and the left atrium. An ASD repair can be 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 symptoms.

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How do I prepare 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 in the hospital to recover from an ASD repair?

What are the risks of an ASD repair?

You may get an infection or bleed more than expected. Your heartbeat may become irregular or you may have heart failure. Your heart muscle or valves may be damaged during surgery. Fluid may collect around your heart or lungs and make it hard for you to breathe. You may get a blood clot in your leg, arm, heart, lungs, or brain. These problems can be life-threatening. The devices used to close the ASD may move out of place. You may need another surgery to fix this. Depending on the damage that your ASD has caused, your heart problems may not get better after repair.

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