Ventricular Septal Defect (cont.)
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What about surgery for ventricular septal Defect surgery?
Larger ventricular septal defects do not close as the child grows. If it does not close, closing the heart surgically is necessary.
Surgery is not usually performed in newborns because small defects will close spontaneously in a significant percentage. The surgery also is more risky in the first few months of life; the risk of death from the operation is higher in the first 6 months of life than later.
Researchers are testing devices that cover the defect, performed in the cardiac catheterization laboratory, not by open heart surgery.
So I need to follow-up with my doctor after being diagnosed and treated for ventricular septal defect
Can ventricular septal defect be prevented?
A woman can do nothing during pregnancy to prevent her baby from developing a ventricular septal defect.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/5/2016
Mark Merlin, DO, FACEP
Alan D Forker, MD
Jonathan Adler, MD
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