Septum defects can be treated with catheter-based procedure which is a minimally invasive treatment options and available to some patients.
How is it performed?
1. The treatment involves making a small incision, mostly in groin and inserting a small tube (catheter) which passes through blood vessel.
2. A device on top of the catheter will be deployed in the septum defect to seal the hole.
3. Once the catheter is successfully placed in the catheter, the doctor starts using cardiac imaging system.
4. After taking enough of images, the device is released to be left permanently in the defect.
5. Catheter is removed.
What happens after my catheter-based defect closure procedure?
- The procedure lasts about 1-2 hours under general anesthesia
- Patient’s recovery likely will be quick and easy since it is minimally invasive.
- Many patients hospitalized for only 24 hours. (depending on the complexity of the patient’s case)
- Patients may be prescribed medications for using during recovery time.