iCliniq logo

Ask a Doctor Online Now

HomeAnswersInternal Medicineatrial septal defectIs surgery needed to patch my secundum atrial septal defect?

Do I require a surgery to patch my secundum atrial septal defect?

The following is an actual conversation between an iCliniq user and a doctor that has been reviewed and published as a Premium Q&A.

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At November 23, 2017
Reviewed AtJanuary 19, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 40-year-old male. I have been diagnosed with 3.3 cm secundum ASD in the right atrium. The catheterization process failed to patch the ASD and now the cardiologist is advising a surgical process. Is this correct? There are no symptoms of chest pain. No breathing or lifestyle issues. I am a normal adult and able to do a daily routine. I have cut down exercises after the ASD diagnosis too. The ASD was found during a recent diagnosis of a cardiac effusion that may not be related to the ASD. What is your opinion? I have attached images for your reference.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

  • Yes, it is certainly possible. It is a large ASD (atrial septal defect). One can patch the ASD up to around 3.6 cm, but it also depends on multiple factors like rims available to hold the patch etc.
    • They must have evaluated the ASD in detail and have come to that conclusion. But the ASD is large and a closure should be done; otherwise, it may lead to pulmonary hypertension which is irreversible.
    • Hope this helps you and kindly get back if you have any doubts.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode


Community Banner Mobile
By subscribing, I agree to iCliniq's Terms & Privacy Policy.

Ask your health query to a doctor online

Internal Medicine

*guaranteed answer within 4 hours

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. iCliniq privacy policy