Heart and Blood Conditions

Ventricular Septal Defect Treatment

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    • For appointments in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Federal Way, Olympia, Tri-Cities and Wenatchee, call 206-987-2515.
    • For appointments in Tacoma and Silverdale, call 253-272-1812.
    • For appointments in Alaska, call 907-339-1945.

    If this is a medical emergency, call 911.

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  • Locations +

    • Seattle Children's Main Campus: 206-987-2515
    • Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center: 425-454-4644
    • Everett: 425-304-6080
    • South Clinic in Federal Way: 253-838-5878
    • Olympia: 360-459-5009
    • South Sound Cardiology Clinics: 253-272-1812
    • Tri-Cities (Richland): 509-946-0976
    • Wenatchee: 509-662-9266
    • Pediatric Cardiology of Alaska: 907-339-1945
    • Seattle Children's doctors provide many cardiac services at regional sites throughout the Pacific Northwest. See our complete list of Heart Center locations.

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    • If you are a provider, fax a New Appointment Request Form (NARF) (PDF) (DOC) to 206-985-3121 or 866-985-3121 (toll-free).
    • No pre-referral work-up is required for most conditions. If you have already done testing such as an EKG, Holter monitor or echocardiogram, please fax this information as well as relevant clinic notes and the NARF to 206-985-3121 or 866-985-3121 (toll-free).
    • Your patient will be seen as quickly as possible by the provider who is the best match for managing the current problem.
    • View our complete Heart Center Referral Information (PDF).

Your child may not need any treatment for ventricular septal defect (VSD). In some children, it does not cause any problems. Or, if the hole is small, it may close up on its own as your child grows. So your doctor may simply recommend monitoring your child's condition.

Some children do need treatment because the defect causes troubling or serious symptoms.

Ventricular Septal Defect Treatment Options

Some VSDs are treated using a long, thin tube (catheter) to place a device in the heart that closes the hole in the septum. This is called cardiac catheterization.

Other patients need surgery to close the hole with stitches or a patch and get the blood to circulate the correct way.

The position and size of the defect are important factors in deciding which treatment to use. If the defect is large and close to a heart valve, doctors may not be able to close it using a catheter; instead, the child will need surgery.

Also, children need to reach a certain age and weight in order to have catheterization. Some children who are too young or small for typical catheterization may be able to have a hybrid procedure to avoid open-heart surgery. A cardiac surgeon and a cardiologist work together to place the closure device by putting a catheter through the wall of the heart.

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

To meet your child's long-term healthcare needs, we have a special Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program to transition your child to adult care when they're ready.

Contact Us

Contact the Heart Center at 206-987-2015 for a cardiac referral, a second opinion or more information.