David Meyer MD Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon speaks about Atrial Septal Defect Surgery
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Male Speaker 1: Is it some way you do with ASD where you can do less invasive surgery or a much easy approach? Male Speaker 2: There are multiple techniques that exist now a days to minimize the invasiveness of cardiac surgery both for children and for grownups. For children, probably the most invasive component of the operation is actually the location and the size of the incision on the outside of the body. Kids heel from on the inside basically no matter what is done for them, they heel remarkably, quickly but we are trying now a days to minimize the cosmetic impact of the operations that we have performed. ASD closures, sometimes the ASD closures in certain case in other operations I can occasionally do through smaller incisions. Most commonly, I use an incision that sits underneath the right breast instead of the traditional of the down incision. We will make a small one right here. Virtually all atrial septal defects are closed this way as well as a number of other conditions. When it’s necessary to use the traditional up and down incision rather than making the entire length of the sternum, we will try to keep it really very, very low which with careful technique is quite possible and we can keep that incision well out of the way of be an accident and things like that for the future.