Robotic Cardiac Surgery for Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)

Staff at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin provide care for Atrial Septal Defects (ASD), including robotic cardiac surgery. About four people in every 100,000 have ASD, which is a heart condition present from birth.
An ASD is a hole, or similar defect, in the wall of the atrium, the upper chamber of the heart where the wall between the right and left atria does not close completely during fetal development.
With a small-to-moderate atrial septal defect, a person may live a normal life span without symptoms. Larger defects may cause disability by middle age because of increased blood flow and shunting of blood back into the pulmonary circulation.
If left untreated, an ASD can result in heart failure or stroke. Individuals with ASD may also develop complications including infective endocarditis (a bacterial infection of the heart), heart failure and an abnormally fast heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation.
da Vinci® ASD Repair: A Less Invasive Procedure

If your doctor recommends surgical repair, you may be a candidate for a new, less invasive surgical procedure called da Vinci ASD Repair. This procedure is offered at UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin and uses a state-of-the-art surgical system designed to help your surgeon see vital anatomical structures more clearly and to perform a more precise operation.
For most patients, da Vinci Atrial Septal Defect Repair offers numerous potential benefits over traditional open-chest surgery, including: 
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities 
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is patient- and procedure-specific.
To learn more about da Vinci Atrial Septal Defect Repair, talk with your doctor.