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Fontan Operation

Posted On: 05-27-2015
Fontan Operation

What is Fontan Operation?

During the Fontan operation, oxygen-poor blood is redirected from the lower half of the body to the pulmonary artery, which carries blood to the lungs. 

Also Known As: 

  • Heart surgery 

Conditions Treated with Fontan Operation: 

Fontan operation is the last of three operations that are performed in order to treat hyoplastic left heart syndrome, a fatal congenital heart defect.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Fontan Operation:

There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to Fontan operation. A pediatric heart transplant is a surgical alternative.

Anesthesia with Fontan Operation:

Fontan operation is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Fontan Operation:

Possible risks following Fontan operation include infection, bleeding, nerve damage and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.

Prognosis after Fontan Operation:

The prognosis for a positive end result following Fontan operation is good. After all three surgeries, the survival rate is about 90 percent.

Recovery from Fontan Operation:

Total recovery from Fontan operation takes six to eight weeks.

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