Ventricular septal defect (VSD): Closure in the heart catheterization lab

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A ventricular septal defect is a hole in the membrane that separates the two ventricles of the heart. Read how heart catheterization fixes this defect.

Key points

  • A ventricular septal defect is a hole between the two lower chambers of the heart. To close the hole, the doctor will place a special device in your child's heart.
  • If the hole is too big to close with the device or in the wrong position, the hole will be closed with surgery.
  • There is a small risk that your child will have complications from the procedure. Your child's doctor will explain the risks to you before the procedure.
  • Your child will need to have an anaesthetic. Your child will need to stay overnight in the hospital after the procedure.
Last updated: November 10th 2009