Fontan procedure is a surgery performed in children who are born with a congenital abnormality that leaves them with only one functioning ventricle. This could be due to the absence of a heart valve or an abnormality in the ability of the ventricles to pump blood. As a result, only a single ventricle has to do simultaneous work of supplying the blood to the lungs as well as the rest of the body. The main aim of Fontan procedure is to improve the Fontan circulation so that the single ventricle is able to pump the blood effectively to the entire body and the impure blood to the lungs without any pumping mechanism in place. Fontan procedure is the third stage of repair after two other operations and is carried out when a child is between 18 months and 2 years of age. The aim of this procedure is to separate the red blood (oxygen filled) from the blue blood (oxygen-empty). This is a surgery done to decompensate the pressure in the ventricle.
Thailand has some of the leading internationally recognized hospitals which are serving both native and foreign patients with great care. With highly advanced apparatus and technology, along with certified specialists, Thailand has emerged as one of the top destinations for Fontan surgery. Low cost of Fontan procedure, availability of diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, well connected international flights are some other factors that list Thailand hospitals among the best hospitals for undergoing the Fanton procedure.
Fontan procedure in Thailand is quite affordable as compared to other countries of the world. The overall cost of the Fontan procedure is 60& to 70% lesser than some other developed countries. The average cost of this surgery remains low despite the additional costs such as boarding, hotel expenses, food, investigation costs and duration of stay in the hospital. The cost of this procedure is determined by the type of hospital, choice of city, accommodation, and traveling.
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