Atrial Septal Defect Repair in Children -- Open Heart Surgery
|Patch Repair for Atrial Septal Defect|
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Reasons for Procedure
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Blood and urine tests
- Echocardiogram —a test that uses sound waves to visualize heart functioning
- Electrocardiogram (ECG, EKG)—a test that records the heart's activity by measuring electrical currents through the heart muscle
- Chest x-ray —a test that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the chest
- Cardiac catheterization —the insertion of a tube-like instrument into the heart through an artery
Description of the Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
- Heart monitor
- Breathing tube (until your child can breathe on his own)
- Chest tubes—to drain fluids that have collected in the chest
- A line into an artery in the arm or leg—to measure blood pressure
- A tube through the nose and into the stomach—to drain fluids and gas that collect in the stomach
- Bladder catheter
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Do tests (eg, ECG, blood tests).
- Give pain medicine.
- Gradually transition your child to a normal diet.
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your child's incisions covered
- Washing your hands and your child's hands often and reminding visitors and healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your child's healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your child's incisions
- If directed by the doctor, give antibiotics. This will help to prevent endocarditis. Also, give pain medicine as needed.
- Keep the incision area clean and dry. Avoid applying lotion or powder to this area.
- Have your child return to his normal diet.
- Ask the doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water. Usually, you will want to avoid giving your child a bath or allowing him to shower for 10 days after surgery.
- Encourage your child to rest, especially during the first few days. He will slowly return to normal activities. Have your child avoid rough play.
- Dress your child in loose, comfortable clothing.
- If your infant had surgery, hold him by supporting his back and buttocks. Do not pull your baby up by the arms or under the arms.
- Follow all of the doctor’s instructions.
Call Your Doctor If Any of the Following Occurs
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Increased sweating
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
- Incision opens
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Increased pain
- Problems with urinating (eg, pain, burning, urgency or frequency of urination, blood in the urine) or not urinating
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Rattling in the chest
- Not wanting to eat or drink
- Noisy breathing
Call for Medical Help Right Away If Any of the Following Occurs
- Fast breathing or trouble breathing
- Blue or gray skin color
- Not waking up or not interacting
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National Library of Medicine http://www.nlm.nih.gov/
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index%5Fe.html/
Heart and Stroke Foundation http://ww2.heartandstroke.ca/splash/
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- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 06/2013 -
- Update Date: 01/27/2014 -