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You are welcome. I assume you've already done the TEE and found out the exact size. If you decided to do the surgery, I hope you don't have to do the median sternotomy (center incision) like me because it requires longer recovery time and scar is noticeable. Ask about the right thoracotomy (right side) of the ribs or the sub mammary incision (under the breast). I think the in ion on the right side rib would be less painful and shorter recovery period (only 6-8cm incision). Well, if the hole is small, surgeon might suggest for the procedure instead because it's less painful and recovery time is the shortest. Hope your doctors will provide you with the best solution. Take care!

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