Fontan Procedure in Hungary

Fontan procedure is a third procedure of the three operations (following the Norwood procedure and Glenn shunt) carried out in children for the treatment of hypoplastic left heart syndrome. It is a congenital (present by birth) abnormality in children, where children possess only a single functional ventricle. As a result, the affected children turn blue due mixing of their arterial (red) blood and venous (blue) blood together. Fontan procedure is a surgical technique carried out to separate the oxygen-rich (arterial) blood and the oxygen-poor (venous) blood. Thus, this procedure helps to separate the two circulations and decrease the workload on the heart, but only one ventricle functions as a ‘pump' (where it drives blood through the body circulation and then into the lung circulation before it returns to the ventricle to start again).

Fontan procedure in Hungary

Hungary is one of the emerging destinations for medical tourism due to the high standard of healthcare and reasonable price offered by its hospitals. A highly qualified team of specialists and hi-tech infrastructure in the Hungary hospitals are the main attractions for medical tourists.

Fontan Procedure Cost in Hungary

The average cost of Fontan procedure in Hungary hospitals depends on the qualifications or expertise of the specialist, other procedures performed in conjunction, the extent of surgery needed, patient's general health and type of surgery.

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About the Fontan Procedure

The Fontan procedure is performed in children with a special type of congenital disorders that leaves them with a single functioning ventricle. There are two ventricles in the heart, one supplies blood to the lungs while the other pumps blood to the rest of the body parts.

Some children may be born with just one functional ventricle because of an absence of a heart valve or an abnormality in the ability of the ventricles to pump blood. As a result, a single ventricle has to work hard to supply blood to the lungs and the rest of the body at the same time. In such children, the Fontan procedure is performed.

The Fontan procedure is usually conducted when the child is between the age two and five. However, it can be conducted before two years of age. The Fontan procedure is contraindicated in children with high pulmonary vascular resistance. This is because as a part of this procedure, the blood must flow through the lungs without the pumping function of the heart. The Fontan procedure is also contraindicated in children with mitral insufficiency, left ventricular dysfunction, and pulmonary artery hypoplasia. The Fontan operation is also conducted in adults with this defect. The treatment is more complicated in such patients, as adults are more likely to develop Protein-Losing Enteropathy (PLE). It is a condition in which the protein is lost through the gut and it may lead to internal bleeding and fluid retention. But the complications resolve on its own when the surgery is performed. Such patients may sometimes even need a heart transplant.

How is Fontan Procedure performed?

The Fontan procedure is performed under the influence of general anesthesia. The patient is shifted to the surgical room an hour before the actual time of the surgery. General anesthesia is administered and once the patient is in deep sleep, a tube is inserted into the windpipe.

The body of the patient is connected to machines so that his or her vital parameters can be observed throughout the surgery and after that.The main purpose of the surgery is to optimize the Fontan circulation so that a single ventricle is able to effectively pump pure blood to the entire body and the impure blood to the lungs without any pumping mechanism. During the surgery, the surgeon opens the thoracic cavity by cutting through the sternum, which is a bone attached to the ribs. Doing so provides direct access to the heart.

Next, the surgeon uses either the extra-cardiac method or the lateral tunnel method to make the impure blood reach the lungs. The create a hole between the Fontan circuit and the right atrium to relieve the pressure. The hole, also known as “fenestration,” closes of its own later or can be closed off later with the help of cardiac catheterization.

Recovery from Fontan Procedure

The patient is transferred to the recovery room after the surgery and this is where all his or her vital signs are monitored for a couple of hours. Once the patient is stable, he or she is transferred to the cardiac ward.

The doctors may administer painkillers to control pain after the surgery. Expect the patient to be kept in the hospital for a few days. Additionally, eating and drinking are restricted for a few days after the surgery. Once the bowel movement resumes normally, the patient is given a light diet and fluids. This may take anywhere from two to three days. The medications and fluids are administered through an IV line until the patient starts taking normal diet. The dressing is changed every day during the hospital stay. A majority of patients are able to return to their normal routine within the first three months of the surgery. They are advised to increase their activities gradually and not to exert themselves too much.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health care infrastructure of Hungary / Why should opt for Hungary as a destination for your medical treatment?
Hungary is well-known for the broad range of treatments implemented for treating one or diverse types of diseases. The healthcare facilities in Hungary focuses on overall care and thus, attends to both physiological and psychological care. To keep at par with the other developed countries in the world, Hungary focuses in upgrading and constantly keeps room for including modern amenities. Therefore, the candidates availing treatments in Hungary are treated thoroughly with modern techniques, assisted by skilled professionals which makes opting Hungary one of the most wise decisions.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in Hungary? Are they JCI certified. What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals?
The hospital in Hungary are furnished with cutting edge technology and robotic machineries which are the newest addition to the medical field. From diagnosis to providing necessary treatment, the hospitals are ideally planned to provide all-round care to every individual requiring medical assistance. One of the most important aspect of availing treatments in Hungary is the candidate interaction of the support staffs. Not only the doctors, surgeons, but also the support individuals are extremely well- educated with the modern devices, and are capable of dealing with every kind of situation and thereby has great contribution to the high success rates.
Are the doctors/surgeons in Hungary of the best quality?
The doctors and surgeons are well- versed with the modern advancements and are duly trained to operate robotic technology gracing the medical science. They are also professionally trained to embrace future advancements which guarantees completely advanced mode of treatment to the visiting individuals. The treatment thus offered are world-class as specific care is taken to minimize side effects and further risks in fatal conditions.
What is the process for obtaining medical visa in Hungary?
To avail a medical visa before travelling to Hungary, the candidate must thoroughly go through the procedure mentioned on the government website of the country. The procedure should be stepwise followed and the mentioned/ required documents should be kept ready for producing, as and when required. The necessary requirements for the same are:
  • Two passport size photographs of the candidate
  • Valid passport (both original and photocopy) which should not have an expiry date within three months of scheduled visit.
  • Duly filled copy of visa application form
  • Paid receipt for the visa application fee
  • Medical insurance and travel insurance documents which guarantees financial credibility
  • Civil status proof of the candidate
  • Employment status, if any, or clear mentioning of the status of the candidate
  • Accommodation documents, may it be hotels, rental or staying with an acquaintance, should be clearly mentioned.
  • In case the candidate is a minor, consent letter from the guardians or parents need to be provided
  • Medical certificate duly signed by the registered medical practitioner as well as acceptance letter by the doctor referred to
  • Additional documents like birth certificate, residential proofs, etc., may also be required.
What support services does MediGence provide in Hungary?
The support services provided by MediGence ensures seamless medical travelling experience in Hungary. Right from the beginning of the journey to the end, MediGence assists the candidates and the family with utmost care thereby making the stay as comfortable as it can be. Hence, here is a list of services provided for candidate satisfaction:
  • Travel insurance guidance
  • Medical insurance query related support
  • Visa Assistance
  • Free Airport to Hospital Transfer
  • On-Ground Support
  • Teleconsultations
  • Accommodation Assistance
  • Rehabilitation and recovery services
Which are the best cities in Hungary for medical treatment?
Hungary is thriving and blooming with metropolitan cities which have excelled in terms of hospitals and clinics thereby providing excellent medical facilities. The treatments in Hungary are world-class and have scored high success rates, which is why, a huge number of medical tourists flock to the country to avail treatments for minor to major diseases and anomalies. Hence, here are some of the best cities that house some of the best hospitals in Hungary:
  • Budapest
  • Pecs
  • Szeged
  • Debrecen
  • Miskolc

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