Cardiac Closure Device Implantation
What are they?
Loyola treats a wide range of congenital heart abnormalities, including several conditions in which a hole in the heart causes larger health problems. These conditions include an atrial septal defect (ASD), ventrical septal defect (VSD), patent foreman ovale (PFO) and patent ductus arteriosis (PDA). Cardiologists are able to close these holes or openings with a small man-made device.
In this procedure, a catheter with a special device (implant) is inserted into a leg vein and advanced into your heart. The device is carefully unfolded so that it covers and closes the hole. When the cardiologist determines the correct placement of the device, the implant is released from the catheter. Over time, heart tissue around the hole grows over the implant, and it becomes a permanent part of your heart. In some patients, a catheter intervention is not possible, and an open surgical procedure may be necessary. Doctors monitor the procedure closely with an X-ray and an ultrasound camera that is placed inside your body. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia with mild sedation and takes approximately two hours.