An atrial septal defect is a type of “hole in the heart”, which, when present, is usually present from birth. This procedure attempts to close the hole by using an implanted device to occlude it.
The procedure involves the insertion of a long thin catheter into a vein in the groin under general anaesthetic. The catheter is moved up the inside of the vein until it reaches the heart. When the catheter is in place, a small device is placed across the defect in the heart under ultrasound and/or xray guidance. The device is then deployed, closing the defect.
Your doctor will inform you of the results at the end of the procedure. A follow up appointment will more than likely be organized a couple of weeks later in the consulting rooms.
If you are a patient undergoing this procedure and you have any further queries, please raise them with your cardiologist.