Bentall Procedure in Singapore

A Bentall procedure is a surgery that is conducted to rectify problems associated with the aorta, the largest artery in the human body. An aorta carries oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body.

The Bentall procedure is used for the treatment of joint disease of the ascending aorta and the aortic valve. During this procedure, a composite graft is used to replace the aortic valve, aortic root, and the ascending aorta. When the replacement of any of these components is not required, then some alternative surgery may be carried out instead of Bentall procedure.

When is Bentall Procedure Required?

The following are some of the problems with the aorta and aortic valve that are treated with the help of Bentall surgery

  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Aortic regurgitation
  • Aortic dissection
  • Lesions associated with Marfan syndrome

Factors Affecting the Cost of Bentall Procedure

Bentall procedure is a complex surgery that must be performed by experienced and skilled cardiothoracic surgeons. It requires a prolonged hospital stay as compared to other cardiac surgeries and the patient requires greater monitoring at the hospital and home.

Some of the factors that affect Bentall surgery cost include the following:

  • The type of composite graft used
  • Experience and skills of the surgeon
  • Duration of hospital stay
  • Duration of ICU stay
  • Medicines and consumables used
  • Duration of ventilator use
  • Hospital charges and nursing fee
  • Any unforeseen complications
  • Hospital room category
  • Additional investigations required after the surgery
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About the Bentall Procedure

A Bentall procedure is a surgery conducted to correct problems associated with the largest artery in the body, the aorta. The aorta carries oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Thus, any problem with this important artery may affect the rest of the body and cause serious complications.

A Bentall operation is conducted to correct problems associated with the aorta. Some of the problems that are resolved with the help of a Bentall surgery include the following:

  • Marfan’s syndrome: It is a congenital disorder characterized by weakening of the aortic wall
  • Aortic aneurysm: It is characterized by the widening of the aortic valve
  • Aortic dissection: It refers to the tearing of the inner layer of the aorta
  • Aortic regurgitation: It is a condition in which the aortic valve is not able to close properly

How is Bentall Procedure performed?

The following are the typical Bentall procedure steps:

  • You will be taken to an operation theatre on a trolley or a wheelchair and asked to lie down on a table.
  • The anaesthetist will administer general anaesthesia to you.
  • Once you are in a relaxed state, the surgeon makes an incision and removed the affected part of the aorta and the aortic valve.
  • The coronary arteries are also temporarily removed.
  • The affected parts of the aorta are replaced with an artificial aortic graft that has a new valve attached to it.
  • Two holes are created in the artificial graft and the coronary arteries are attached to it.
  • The incision is closed with the help of sutures and staples.

Recovery from Bentall Procedure

Bentall procedure recovery time varies from one patient to the other. It actually depends on the overall health of the patient and how successfully the procedure was conducted. Immediately after the procedure, you can expect to spend a day or two in the intensive care unit (ICU). During your stay in the ICU, you will be connected to machines that monitor your vital signs such as breathing, temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure.

You should take time to recover well after the surgery. Do not rush things and start with the normal routine as soon as you are shifted back home. You are likely to spend a few days in a normal hospital room before discharge. The surgeon will monitor your progress and give a green signal for discharge at the right time. You must take care of the wound and stitches once you get home. Additionally, make a note of any discomfort, palpitations, pain, fever, blurred vision, and poor appetite and inform it to your doctor. It may take around six to eight weeks to regain normal mobility. Take help from a nurse or a family member while lying down or standing up. You will be taught a safer technique to roll and sit in bed. Remember to follow whatever your doctor suggests you to minimize your recovery duration.

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What is the health care infrastructure of Singapore / Why should opt for Singapore as a destination for your medical treatment?
Singapore is generally known for its well-managed health care infrastructure and has an efficient and widespread system of healthcare. Singapore was ranked 6th in the World Health Organization's ranking of the world's health systems in the year 2000. Bloomberg ranked Singapore's healthcare system the most efficient in the world in 2014. Three main healthcare groups exist in Singapore:
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The 10 public hospitals in Singapore comprise 8 general hospitals (AH, SGH, NUH, CGH, TTSH, KTPH, NTFGH & SKH), and 2 specialized hospitals (KKH & IMH). In addition, there are 9 national specialty centres for cancer (NCCS & NCIS), cardiac (NHCS & NUHCS), eye (SNEC), skin (NSC), neuroscience (NNI) and dental care (NDCS & NUCOHS). The private healthcare infrastructure in Singapore is also well established. The payment methods include private payment gateways or private insurance companies. You can expect better technology to be used in private hospitals in Singapore. Various procedures like stem cell therapy and cancer research are conducted in Singapore.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in Singapore? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals?
The Joint Commission International (JCI) is a global leader in health care accreditation. JCI accreditation is considered a gold standard in worldwide health care. It provides the most skilled and experienced healthcare professionals in the medical industry, as evaluators of the rigorous international standards in healthcare quality and patient safety. Here are some of the JCI certified hospitals in Singapore :
  • Mount Elizabeth Hospital
  • Singapore National Eye Centre
  • National Dental Centre
  • Raffles Hospital
  • National University Hospital
  • Gleneagles Hospital
  • Singapore General Hospital
  • National Heart Centre Singapore
  • Changi General Hospital
  • National Cancer Centre
  • National Skin Centre
  • Johns Hopkins Singapore International Medical Centre
  • Tan Tock Seng Hospital
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People who wish to go to Singapore as a tourist for social purposes or seeking medical treatment, and require a longer period of stay beyond the Visit Pass granted on entry into Singapore, may submit an application for extension of stay (not more than 89 days from date of entry) online using the e-Service of ICA. All extension applications must be submitted online using the e-service at least seven days prior to the expiry of the visit pass to avoid overstaying. Extension of visit will not be accepted over the counter. Every visit pass issued to any person as a tourist or for the purpose of a social visit or medical treatment shall be subjected to the condition that the holder shall not engage in any form of employment (paid or unpaid) or in any business, profession or occupation in Singapore during the validity of that pass unless he is a holder of a valid work pass issued under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act. Do visit the ICA website for further information.
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