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ASD (atrial septal defect) Closure (Open Technique)

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ASD Closure is a procedure used to treat atrial septal defect (ASD), a type of congenital heart defect where there is an abnormal opening in the dividing wall between the upper filling chambers of the heart (the atria). The patient is put under general anaesthesia. The surgeon will start by making a cut in the chest, stitch the hole in the atrial septum, and sew a patch of manmade surgical material (such as Gore-Tex) over it. Eventually, the tissue of the heart heals over the patch making the area smooth and nearly normal in appearance.