If the VSD is moderate to
severe, your child’s heart doctor will closely monitor him or her. The doctor
will decide when and how your child’s VSD will be fixed. Before surgery, your
child may need medicine and special feedings. Your child's healthcare team will
give you information and support so you can care for your child at home.
Children who need surgery will be admitted to the hospital for surgery.
Babies who have trouble
eating before surgery often have more energy right after surgery. They start to
eat better and gain weight faster.
After surgery, older
children can often be active without getting too tired. Within a few weeks, your
child should be fully recovered. He or she should be able to do normal
activities. Your child’s healthcare team may give you instructions on how to
care for your child.
Most children who have
surgery for VSD will live normal, healthy lives. Their activity levels,
appetite, and growth often return to normal. Your child's heart doctor may give
him or her antibiotics to prevent infections after leaving the hospital.
Ask your child's healthcare
provider about your child’s outlook. When this condition is diagnosed early, the
outcome is often excellent. The outlook may be poor when a VSD is diagnosed
later in life, if complications occur after surgery, or if the VSD isn’t fixed.
There is a risk for complications from a VSD. Children at risk for these
problems should have follow-up care at a center that specializes in congenital