Not all doctors are created equal. Don’t feel shy to ask about the doctors’ experience. You and you wife have every right. It is her body, not their’s. You have to live with the treatment, not them. Experience is the key to quality care. As a group, we are living longer, and regular cardiologists are unprepared for adults with ASDs. It is unusual for a doctor to admit another doctor didn’t have the experience. TEEs are the ultimate test for the heart’s condition in response to congenital heart defect and to find out what the problem is.
My TEE found a smaller hole but by heart catheterization and Amplatzer Septal Occluder,
it was bigger and misshaped. My cardiologist wanted to do his own TEE so he knew what he was getting into before he fixed the ASD. I had IV sedation at the start of the procedure(TEE) but only for approx. 35-40 mins. I was asleep! That was my second TEE but mine were 2 years apart.
I used a interventional cardiologist as he was the only one in my area that plugged holes in the heart. Yes I asked him! If he had been unsuccessful I would have had to have open heart surgery(OHS) and go to another area. Then I would definitely insisted on a adult congenital cardiologist. I had a good rim, the plug (like an overcoat button) needs some atrial septal wall to attach to. That is what they call the rim. There are different types of plugs available and the doctors’ training and patient can make that decision. All of us have been thru different treatments so please keep everyone posted.