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Complications after open heart surgery
I am sorry to hear about your problems, but complications can occur even under the best of care. That said, some of your problems were both avoidable and treatable. Repair of an Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) such as yours is usually a simple procedure. It is unlikely that the (phrenic) nerve to your left diaphragm was damaged beyond repair during the operation; more likely you have a condition called Atelectasis of the lower portion of your left lung. When that happens, your lung partially collapses and the diaphragm goes up. The problem with your left lung and diaphragm occasionally happens but most of the time can be treated with breathing exercises and physical therapy. If you continue to be dissatisfied with your treatment, you might want to go elsewhere (maybe a major hospital) for a second opinion.
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