Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure

Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), more commonly known as “Hole in the Heart”, is a Congenital Heart Disease which is present at birth. Atrial Septal Defect is a hole in the wall (septum) that separates the upper chambers (atria) of the heart into right and left atrium. This hole (defect) can be between 0.5-2 cm in diameter. Atrial Septal Defect is most commonly closed by Open Heart Surgery.

The surgeon makes an incision in the middle of the chest through the breast bone (sternum) to expose the heart. The heart is stopped and its function is completely taken over by the heart-lung machine. The Atrial Septal Defect is either stitched (if small) or patched with a special mesh to close the hole. Once the procedure is complete, the heart is re-started and the chest incision is sutured. The Open Heart Surgery to correct Atrial Septal Defect is considered a major surgery and is performed under general anesthesia.


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