17 month outdated have moderate VSD: Getting heart cath soon?

My daughter has a moderate size VSD and will be getting a heart cath next month. I dont know what to expect. I am looking for other parents of VSD babies or people that own had a similar experience. I cant find any other reports of babies getting a heart cath for VSD. Any feedback is appreciated. I trust our Dr is leading us in the right direction but i would close to some reinforcement from an outside source. We are hesitant to do this if she is gonna face open heart surgery anyway. We enjoy confirmed that there is no way outside of a miracle that the VSD will close on its own.
Answers:    A heart cath will give the Dr. additional information on how severe the defect is, & if in attendance are other problems that will be encountered durning surgery, what sort of a patch, if he needs to use one, etc. VSD repairs generally turn out okay. Children heal fast. It's always touchy right after surgery, but she'll be surrounded by an intensive care unit until things are stable, & most of the tubes & IV's are out. Doctors that fix a lot of them, do impressively well. I recall Doctors needing to write post-op instructions that said, "No tricycle riding in the hall after surgery" Be nice to the nurses. They are the ones who will be watching your daughter, & making sure nothing go wrong. Source(s): Peds ICU nurse many years ago.
Ventricular septal defect (VSD) repair
* The ventricular septum is the wall between the left and right ventricles (lower chambers) of the heart. A hole contained by the ventricular septum is called a VSD.
* By age 8 for most children with this problem, small VSDs often close on their own and do not want surgery. This depends on where the hole is.
* Larger VSDs, small ones in certain parts of the ventricular septum, or ones that raison d`être heart failure or endocarditis (inflammation) need open-heart surgery. They also require placing a man-made patch over the hole to cover it.
* Some septal defects can be closed using heart catheterization (passing a skeletal tube into the heart). Source(s): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/…
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If it's moderate then it's better than he have surgery now. VSD is quote a common defect. Certain types of VSDs can successfully be closed next to cardiac catheterization.

After surgery he'll be taken to intensive care, after he is allowed home, things should get back to usual pretty quickly and kids with VSDs should have no further symptoms or problems. Complications are moderately rare.
There is much information on Mayoclinic.com. Mayo is a top medical facility in the world. Here is some information on the tests themselves, but in attendance is much more on symptoms, causes, etc.

Tests and diagnosis
baby's doctor may detect a heart defect by simply listening to your baby's heart. Ventricular septal defect often cause a heart murmur that your doctor can hear through a stethoscope. If your doctor hears a heart murmur or finds other signs or symptoms of a heart malformation, he or she may request one or more of these tests:

Chest X-ray. An X-ray image helps the doctor display your baby's heart and lungs. An X-ray may identify conditions other than a heart defect that may explain your baby's symptoms.
Electrocardiogram (ECG). This test chronicles the electrical activity of your baby's heart through electrodes attached to the skin. This test helps diagnose heart defect or rhythm problems.
iac catheterization. In this test, a thin, flexible tube (catheter) is inserted into a blood vessel at your baby's groin or arm and guided through the blood vessels into the heart. Through catheterization, doctors can diagnose congenital heart defect and test the strength of the baby's ventricles — the heart's pumping chambers — and the function of the heart valves. Doctors are studying this technique for the repair of heart defect.
Pulse oximetry. This painless test measures how well oxygen is reaching your baby's tissues. It helps determine whether oxygenated blood is mixing next to deoxygenated blood, which can help diagnose the type of heart defect present. A small finger clip on the baby's fingertip measures the amount of oxygen in the blood. Source(s): Hope this help. Luck for the best outcome.

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