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Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) is a congenital heart defect commonly called hole in the heart - a hole in the wall dividing the upper chambers of the heart. The surgery done to correct this defect is known as Atrial Septal Defect Surgery.
Generally an ASD closes down with time, but if this does not happen, the resultant excess blood flow may lead to complications. Known indications are
Measures taken before the surgery
ASD surgery is generally performed by an experienced cardiac surgeon under general anesthesia.
In most cases, the recovery is rapid after the surgery. Within the first or second day post-surgery, the patient is transferred from intensive care (ICU) to general care.
The drainage tubes are removed the very next morning after the surgery. Within a day or two the pacing wires are also removed. In case of irregular heartbeat, pacing wires may be used longer.
Most of the patients are discharged on the 3rd or 4th day after the surgery. Patients are advised not to consume aspirin for about 6 months post the operation, to check thrombus formation (development of blood clots).
After the surgery care has to be taken, as not to injure the chest so that the incision can heal effectively. The patient’s movements at home should be carefully monitored for a few days post-surgery.
Complications after an ASD surgery