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Hole in the heart surgery

PFO, ASD and VSD repair

Minimally invasive surgery to close a hole in the heart

About

A hole in the heart is a congenital condition whereby the wall between two chambers within the heart is not fully closed so that the heart may not be able to pump blood efficiently around the body. We offer a range of minimally invasive procedures to close these defects that do not require open heart surgery.

Need to know

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    The procedure will take place under general anaesthetic. Your consultant will make a small cut at the top of the leg and insert a thin tube known as a catheter. They'll use imaging technology, such as a fluoroscopy or echocardiography, to guide this into the heart. A long tube can then be guided into the heart through the catheter. It contains a special closure device that will be positioned through the defect. Once in place, an umbrella-like disc will open on each side of the defect to seal it.
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    Your consultant will advise you on how to prepare for hole in the heart closure surgery, and they'll explain any possible risks and side effects which it may involve. As you or your child will be having a general anaesthetic, your consultant will advise on how long to avoid eating or drinking beforehand.
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    You or your child will be in intensive care immediately after the procedure, and will probably stay in hospital for at least a few days afterwards. You might expect a prescription of antibiotics to prevent infection, and pain relief may be needed too. Experiencing tiredness with exercise is common for a period afterwards. Your consultant will tell you when you or your child can expect to return to a normal routine, including work, school and exercise.
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Our consultants

Our world-class consultants are all experts in their fields. And they're all dedicated to using our state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to give you the best quality, individual care.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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