Has anyone had a 2nd opinion on their child's ASD?
My son was diagnosed with a 17mm ASD at 9 months (he is 8 years old now and hole is down to 8 mm in size). His cardiologist suggested at 9 months of age, we should wait to have surgery as the hole could close on its own. Therefore, he has been monitoring him for the past 7 years. At each bi-annual visit he suggests we wait and do something at the next visit. Mainly because they want to do the less invasive occluder device over OHS and he hasn't really had much for side effects. At his last visit 2 years ago our cardiologist wanted to do the procedure but once he consulted with his partner they decided to wait as they wanted him to grow more and allow time for his veins to get bigger. We return the to cardiologist in less than 2 weeks and we are at a point where we need make some decisions on correcting his ASD. We only have one pediatric cardiologist office in my city and I feel like I am putting all of our trust and my son's life in one person's hands. Do you think a 2nd opinion on treatment is warranted?
Also, I have read about issues with the occluder device. Any opinions on the device vs. OHS?
Any input would be appreciated! Thank you.