open heart after closure device

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   Posted 7/9/2012 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I am a 36 year old mother of two.  I had a cardioseal device put in 10 years ago after an ASD was discovered.  It was recently discovered that the cardioseal device has a broken arm and a small hole is still there.  I have had double vision many times over the past 10 years which I assume to be TIA's.  Now my cardiologist wants to go in and remove the device and repair the hole.  Does anybody have experience with this?  I am terrified of open heart surgery, especially with two kids to take care of!  My surgery is scheduled at the end of July.

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   Posted 7/9/2012 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I have no personal experience with open heart surgery other than my elderly sister had open heart surgery for a much different reason. 
I can understand your anxiety and fears of facing this type of surgery.  An important step in dealing with surgical anxiety is to become as well informed as possible regarding the surgical treatment. Having a complete understanding of the procedure, why it is indicated, and how it is performed can relieve a great deal of worry. An understanding of anesthesia and the low risks of having anesthesia may also help with concerns about surgery. 

It is essential that any patient ask questions and find answers until the decision to have the surgery and the choice of surgeon is fully understood. 

I wish I had more to offer you other than my support.  We have a great anxiety forum here in HealingWell so do feel comfortable posting in the anxiety forum also.  You will find me in that forum too.
Sending you many prayers and good wishes and please do keep talking with us.  Hopefully a member with experience re this procedure will be along to talk with you.

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   Posted 7/9/2012 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know a lot about this particular procedure, but I just had open heart surgery in May. I would be more than happy to answer questions about the recovery process if you'd like.
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