Fontan Procedure cost in South Africa

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  • 23 Days Outside Hospital

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Apart from in-detail treatment procedures available, Lenmed Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital located in Johannesburg, South Africa has a wide variety of facilities available for International Patients. Some of the facilities which are provided by them are Accommodation, Airport Transfer, Choice of Meals, Interpreter, SIM, TV inside room. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 254 bed capacity
  • 24 Hour Emergency section
  • Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory
  • Clinical Trial Centre
  • Sports Medicine Centre
  • Centre of Excellence for Strokes
  • 24 hour trauma and emergency
  • Many medical specialties
  • Option of Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery in Gynaecology, Urology and General Surgery
  • Patient shuttle facility
  • International patient coordinators

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Apart from in-detail treatment procedures available, Life Kingsbury Hospital located in Cape Town, South Africa has a wide variety of facilities available for International Patients. Some of the facilities which are provided by them are Accommodation, Airport Transfer, Choice of Meals, Interpreter, SIM, TV inside room. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • The hospital has the capacity of 226 beds
  • 11 Operating rooms
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • General ward, Paediatric ward and Maternity ward
  • Accident & Emergency Unit with a Doctor on-duty 24*7
  • Free Advanced Life Support Paramedic Response Vehicle, which cannot be considered as an Ambulance as it is not responsible for patients transfer. It is to stabilize a patient whilst an ambulance is dispatched


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Apart from in-detail treatment procedures available, Lenmed Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre located in Durban, South Africa has a wide variety of facilities available for International Patients. Some of the facilities which are provided by them are Accommodation, Airport Transfer, Choice of Meals, Interpreter, SIM, TV inside room. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 377 bed capacity
  • 24 hour accident and emergency unit
  • Heart, lung and kidney transplants available
  • Pediatric Cardiac Surgery services
  • Cardiac Centre of Excellence for Adult & Paediatric Cardiac Surgery
  • Two Cardiac Catheterisation Labs
  • Cardiac Theatre
  • 7 Major Operating Theatres
  • 42 Bed ICU
  • Neuro Operating Theatre
  • Stroke Centre of Excellence
  • Renal Centre of Excellence
  • 24/7 Emergency unit
  • Transplant Program
  • Pharmacy and Prayer Facility

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Apollo Hospitals located in Hyderabad, India is accredited by JCI, NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • A premier multi-specialty hospital with 477-bed capacity
  • More than 50 specialties, super-specialties
  • 12 Centers of Excellence
  • The Institutes for Heart Diseases, Neurosciences, Cancer, Emergency, Orthopaedics, Renal Diseases, and Transplants
  • Centers of Excellence are known for patient care, training and research
  • Doctors with years of truly global experience in healthcare delivery

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USD 8650 - 9210

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Asian Institute of Medical Sciences located in Faridabad, India is accredited by NABH, NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 425 bed capacity
  • Preventive and diagnostic sevices of the hospital are its strength.
  • It is also well recognised for the therapeutic and rehabilitative services.
  • For patients who need end process care for advanced healthcare conditions, the palliative services that the hospital provides are a boon.
  • The healthcare delivery of AIMS, Delhi/NCR is focused on patient care.
  • Research focused organisation
  • International Patient care center is present to liason with medical travellers
  • Focus on Academics, various healthcare educational programmes

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  • 670 bed facility
  • 24 hours Emergency and Trauma Care

Aster Centres of Excellence

    • Cardiac Sciences
    • Orthopaedics & Rheumatology
    • Neurosciences
    • Nephrology & Urology
    • Oncology
    • Gastroenterology
    • Integrated Liver Care
    • Womens Health
    • Child & Adolescent Health
    • Multi Organ Transplant
  • Diagnostic Technology used for increasing the efficiency of diagnostic procedures.
  • Streamlined Application of Therapeutic Technology
  • Minimal Access Robotic Surgery (MARS) which makes use of the da Vinci Surgical System is applied by the specialists in Aster Medcity, Kochi, Kerala.
  • ORI Fusion Digital Integrated Operation Theatres which applies Karlstorz OR1 Fusion system.
  • Completely digital Anesthesia facility
  • Pharmacy which possesses completely Automated Drug Dispensing

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USD 8200 - 9140

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BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals located in Bengaluru, India is accredited by NABH, NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • The BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital at Kengeri has a capacity of 500 beds.
  • There are 14 operation theatres in this healthcare facility at Kengeri.
  • It is a technologically advanced hospital with imaging facilities, Transplant ICU.
  • A professionally managed International patient center caters to the huge influx of overseas patients.
  • Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Richmond Road is associated with the latest imaging services, pathology laboratory and in house pharmacy.
  • The Richmond Road hospital is a 40-bed healthcare specialty.
  • It specialises in preventive medicine options which makes regular health check ups a reality for patients.

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USD 8170 - 9420

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Mount Elizabeth Hospital located in Singapore, Singapore is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 345 bedded Hospital
  • Maternity wards
  • The Mount Elizabeth Patient Assistance Centre (MPAC)
  • 1 major operating unit with 12 operating rooms and 1 operating theatre dedicated to in vitro fertilisation (IVF)
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • High Dependency Unit (HDU)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Accident & Emergency Department
  • Rooms are categorized as Single rooms, 2-bedded rooms, 4-bedded rooms, Executive deluxe suite, Daffodil/Magnolia suite, VIP Room, and Royal Suite
  • All patient rooms are equipped with electric safe, LCD, sofa cum bed, wardrobe, radio channels, and much more
  • Parking lot

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NMC Specialty Hospital located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 104 Patient Rooms/Wards
  • 7 Operating Rooms
  • Laboratory endowed with centrally computerized System
  • 24-hour Emergency Department
  • 24-hour Pharmacy
  • 24-hour Ambulance Services
  • Radiology Department offering state-of-the-art equipment, including MRI (1.5 Tesla), 64-slice spiral CT Scanner, 4-D Ultrasound with color Doppler, Bone Densitometry, Digital Mammogram with CAD System, and Digital X-Ray Systems with fully integrated PACS

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Medicana Bahcelievler Hospital located in Istanbul, Turkey is accredited by ISO, JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Capacity of 89 beds
  • 6 Operating Rooms
  • 2 Delivery Rooms
  • Coronary Intensive Care Unit
  • General Intensive Care Unit
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Dialysis Unit with 30 beds

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NMC Royal Hospital Sharjah located in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • This is a multispecialty hospital with all the latest amenities and state of the art equipment.
  • It has the best of doctors, surgeons, and allied healthcare professionals who are completely dedicated to patient care.
  • It comprises the below mentioned smart healthcare facilities which make getting treated at this hospital a comfortable and satisfying experience for the patients.
  • High-end operation theatre
  • 24*7 ambulance service which has all emergency equipment
  • 24*7 emergency services
  • Option of a free overnight stay for one parent for child up to 12 years of age
  • International patient care center
  • Special men and women health package

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Zulekha Hospital Sharjah located in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates is accredited by ISO, JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Zulekha Hospital Sharjah is present over a 290,000 square feet area.
  • The hospital stands today with a bed capacity of 185.
  • The hospital also has a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and radiology as well as laboratory services.
  • There is an ICU and Neonatal ICUs.
  • There are facilities for Dialysis and advanced technological applications such as Minimal Invasive surgeries.
  • In Zulekha Hospital Sharjah Bariatric procedures, Joint Replacement, Specialised Cancer Care, Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Procedure, Plastic and Reconstructive Procedure are performed.
  • It also specialises in Pediatric Cardiology, Pulmonology and Chest Diseases, etc.
  • Teleconsultation services as well as an international patient care center with related assistance for medical travelers are functioning in Zulekha Sharjah.

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Medipol Mega University Hospital located in Istanbul, Turkey is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • The Hospital includes 4 centers i.e. general surgery, cardiovascular surgery, oncology, and dentistry
  • Medipol patients have access to over 60,000 m2 of the gardens, 26,000 m2 of the five-storied underground parking, 100,000 m2 covered premises and 1,500 members of the stuff
  • Capacity of 470 patient beds
  • Oncology Center
  • Emergency department that can admit up to 134 patients (including general, coronary, KVC and neonatal emergency department)
  • 25 Operating rooms
  • Medipol Mega University Hospital uses the following innovative technologies- Biplane digital flat-panel angiographic system, Digital flat-panel tomosynthetic mammography, Surgical O-ARM PEROP CT Imaging system, etc.
  • Helicopters enabling the transfer of the patient at the most emergency cases
  • The Hospital creates a friendly & comfortable ambience for the patients and their relatives with terrace garden suites, normal rooms. Each room is equipped with multimedia services like TV, DVD, Internet, online access from patients bedside, Unlimited Digital Archive pacs and high-quality meal service
  • Prayer Room
  • 5-starred cafeteria/restaurant

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Memorial Sisli Hospital located in Istanbul, Turkey is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Operates in a closed area of 53,000 sqm
  • Capacity of 252 beds
  • 13 Operating rooms
  • 4 Intensive Care Units (KVC, General, Coronary, Neonatal)
  • 3 Laboratories
  • Organ Transplantation Center
  • IVF Center
  • Genetic Center
  • Stroke Center
  • Breast Health and Disease Center
  • Oncology Center
  • Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Center
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation Center

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Rabin Medical Center located in Petah Tikva, Israel is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • There are as many as 6 intensive care departments at the center.
  • The hospital has been able to treat and manage complex heart conditions by exceptional cardiologists.
  • The Emergency care services of the hospital have also helped a large number of patients.
  • The Cardiothoracic Center is also worth mentioning for the care it has provided to patients.
  • The hospital is also recognised for its organ transplantation facilities with 70% of organ transplants in Israel done in Beilinson Hospital.
  • Bone Marrow transplants performed at the Davidoff Cancer Research and Treatment Center have been a boon for many patients.

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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 are the factors affecting the cost of Fontan Procedure in South Africa?

Fontan Procedure cost in South Africa varies from one hospital to the other. The cost quoted by some of the best hospitals for Fontan Procedure in South Africa generally covers the pre-surgery investigations of the patient. Typically, the package cost of Fontan Procedure in South Africa includes the expenses related to the surgeon's fee, anesthesia, hospital, meals, nursing and ICU stay. Extended hospital stay, complications after the surgery or new diagnosis may affect the overall cost of Fontan Procedure in South Africa.

Which are some of the best clinics in South Africa for Fontan Proceduret?

There are many hospitals that perform Fontan Procedure in South Africa. The following are some of the most renowned hospitals for Fontan Procedure in South Africa:

  1. Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital
  2. Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre
  3. Life Kingsbury Hospital
How many days does it take to recover post Fontan Procedure in South Africa?

After Fontan Procedure in South Africa, the patient is supposed to stay in guest house for another 30 days. This duration of stay is recommended to complete all the necessary follow-ups and control tests to ensure that the surgery was successful.

Which are some of the other popular destinations for Fontan Procedure?

South Africa is undoubtedly one of the best countries for Fontan Procedure in the world. It offers the best medical expertise and good patient experience at an affordable cost. Some of such countries are:

CountryCost
IndiaUSD 10000
TurkeyUSD 13000
How much are the other expenses in South Africa apart from the cost of Fontan Procedure?

Apart from the Fontan Procedure cost, the patient may have to pay for additional daily expenses such as for guest house after discharge and meals. The per day cost in this case may start from USD 50 per person.

Which are the best cities in South Africa for Fontan Procedure Procedure?

Some of the best cities in South Africa which offer Fontan Procedure are:

  1. Durban
  2. Lenasia
  3. Cape Town
  4. Johannesburg
How many days does one have to spend in the hospital for Fontan Procedure in South Africa?

The patient is supposed to stay at the hospital for about 7 days after Fontan Procedure for monitoring and care. The doctors team review the patient's recovery during this time with the help of blood tests and imaging scans. Once they feel that everything is on track, the patient is discharged.

What is the average rating of Hospitals in South Africa offering Fontan Procedure?

The average rating for Fontan Procedure hospitals in South Africa is 2.9. This rating is calculated on the basis of different parameters such as attitude of the nurses, cleanliness, quality of food and the pricing policy.

How many hospitals offer Fontan Procedure in South Africa?

There are more than 3 hospitals that offer Fontan Procedure in South Africa. These clinics have propoer infrastructure as well as offer good quality of services when it comes to Fontan Procedure Also, these hospitals follow the necessary guidelines as required by the medical associations for the treatment of Fontan Procedure patients.

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FAQ's Related to South Africa

Which are the popular multispecialty hospital groups in South Africa?

Some of the world-class multispecialty hospitals in South Africa are:

  1. Ahmed Al-Kadi Private Hospital
  2. Busamed Hillcrest Private Hospital
  3. Busamed Gateway Private Hospital
  4. Busamed Modderfontein Private Hospital
  5. Busamed Lowveld Hospital
  6. Lenmed Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre
  7. Busamed Paardevlei Private Hospital
  8. Life Bay View Private Hospital
  9. Lenmed Shifa Hospital

The performance of these hospitals have been evaluated on the below parameters:

  1. Providing clear information about medicines to patients
  2. Effective engagement between nursing staff/doctors and patients;
  3. Suitability of the hospital environment for meeting the needs of patients
  4. Effectively managing pain.

The government of South Africa has strict healthcare regulations in place which all hospitals need to follow to ensure quality treatment. Supported by state-of-art infrastructure, advanced medical equipment, and highly qualified doctors, the hospitals offer various facilities to improve the patient experience.

What healthcare accreditation standards are followed in South Africa?

The hospitals in South Africa receive accreditation from Joint Commission International (JCI) and Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA). To ensure that integrated and coordinated care is provided, COHSASA develops as well as measures standards in all areas and departments of a healthcare facility. The SafeCare program introduced by JCI, COHSASA, and SafeCare Foundation aims at using internationally recognized standards to provide health care delivery. Clinics and Hospitals that comply with standards are initially given two-year accreditations and this period is extended if they are consistent in providing quality care.

Why should I opt for healthcare in South Africa?

One of the leading medical tourism destinations, South Africa offers affordable healthcare and has superior infrastructure. Some other factors which contribute to the growth of medical tourism in South Africa are use of cutting-edge technology, new facilities provided by hospitals, doctors trained overseas, and a large number of accredited hospitals. South Africa’s recent advancement in stem cell therapy has made it one of the most preferred countries for seeking advanced medical treatment. The patient-centric hospitals in South Africa help you with all kinds of organization and administrative tasks and provide a world-class patient experience through all-inclusive care and assistance on a 24/7 basis.

How is the quality of doctors in South Africa?

The highly skilled and well-qualified doctors in South Africa ensure world-class treatment through their deep expertise and subject knowledge. Having trained in foreign countries like Australia and Cuba, doctors in South Africa use their global exposure in developing deep expertise in various procedures. Doctors in South Africa are known for their deep expertise in dental procedures and fertility treatments. There are several reasons why South Africa has a large pool of quality doctors, such as education at reputed colleges, compliance with global standards, using human touch in treatment, and adopting a patient-centric approach.

How to obtain a medical visa in South Africa?

A person can apply for a medical visa to South Africa for a period of 90 days. The High Commission helps one decide for how long a visa can be extended. People must apply for a temporary residency permit if they require medical treatment for longer than three months. The validity of a visa starts the day it is granted by the High Commission and not on the date of departure. Also, visa applications will not be accepted more than 30 days prior to departure. You need to produce the below documents to apply for a medical visa:

  1. Passport
  2. Passport-sized photographs
  3. Online Application form
  4. Full return flight reservation
  5. Proof of stay in South Africa
  6. Signed official medical letter from medical institution
  7. Signed medical letter from a recognized local practitioner
What are the popular procedures available in South Africa?

A large number of people visit South Africa to avail procedures like anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, total knee replacement, meniscus repairs, and hip replacement. Cosmetic surgery and infertility treatment are some of the other popular procedures in South Africa which have a high success rate. Fertility treatment through egg donation has seen a high success rate in South Africa wherein a person can opt for a surgical or non-surgical procedure, with quite low waiting times. The reasons for the popularity of these procedures are affordable treatment cost, speedy recovery, use of advanced technology, and highly trained doctors.

Which are the most popular cities in South Africa for medical treatment?

The top-ranked cities that are most preferred by medical tourists in South Africa are Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban. Cape Town, which attracts a wide variety of people from different ethnicity and cultures, has world-class doctors and state-of-the-art medical facilities. The reasons for the popularity of these cities are multiple food options, connectivity through airlines, and cheap accommodation. Healthcare in Johannesburg is similar to Great Britain’s health care, and the city’s public and private healthcare sectors work hand in hand with South Africa's medical schools to create internationally recognized medical specialists.

Is it mandatory to take vaccinations before going to South Africa?

Yes, vaccination is compulsory before visiting South Africa. The vaccines recommended by WHO and the National Travel Health Network and Centre are Rabies and tetanus, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, Yellow fever, hepatitis A. Make sure that infants of age 6 to 11 months get measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before they travel to South Africa. People staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas should get typhoid vaccine. You can connect with your doctor or the hospital in South Africa for the required vaccines. Also, refer to the travel advisory issued by the government.