Atrial Septostomy

What is Atrial Septostomy?

Atrial Septostomy is a primary procedure done to create equilibrium in the four chambers of the heart. In this surgery, a small hole is made in the wall between the left and rig...

How does it help?

This procedure reduces the pressure on the right side of the heart and allows the heart to function more efficiently thereby improving the blood flow to the lungs.

How is it done?

What are the benefit and risks of this procedure?

The treatment has revolutionised the world of medical procedures. It has a lot of advantages, but also comes with its own set of risks, which the patient should be aware of.

The advantages of this treatment are:

  • Improves the quality of life of infants.
  • The treatment is a therapeutic intervention in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension.

The risks associated with the treatment are:

  • There can be a complication of disturbed heart rhythm and heart trauma.
  • Technical problems such as compression of the balloon may occur.
  • The treatment also has common risks associated with general anaesthesia.
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The limitations of this treatment are:

  • High direct mortality rate.
  • Systemic hypoxia.

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