Atrial Septal Defect Repair

Physicians perform atrial septal defect repair to treat some patients with congenital conditions, and in particular, patients with larger defects.

About This Procedure

Advances in medicine allow many patients with congenital heart conditions (conditions originating before birth), such as atrial septal defect, to live longer, healthier lives. As these patients reach adult ages, many require additional procedures to treat their congenital heart conditions.

Physicians at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center perform atrial septal defect repair to treat some patients with this congenital condition. Although many patients can be treated with a catheter-based approach by an interventional cardiologist, some patients with larger defects require traditional surgery.

Surgeons at the Mass General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center are experts in evaluating and performing minimally invasive surgical procedures to treat congenital heart conditions. After making smaller incisions to open the chest and breastbone to expose the heart, the surgical team opens the heart to find the defect. Minimally invasive procedures tend to provide patients with a quicker recovery time, less blood loss and even a cosmetic benefit.

Often surgeons can simply close the defect at this point, but if the defect is particularly large, he or she might take a piece of the pericardium (the sac surrounding the heart) to use as a patch.

Patient Education

  • Patient Guide to Cardiac Surgery (PDF)

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  • Frequently Asked Questions About Cardiac Anesthesia

    The Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center offers a patient guide to cardiac anesthesia. Our dedicated clinicians believe it is important for you to know what to expect before, during and after a cardiac anesthesia.

Contact

Contact Us

Corrigan Minehan Heart Center

55 Fruit Street Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Phone: 866-644-8910


If you are a new patient, you may call the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center outpatient access office at 866-MGH-8910, or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment. A member of our access team will ask you more about your condition and symptoms, and match you with the best-fitting Corrigan Minehan Heart Center physician.

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