Fontan Procedure

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When a child has only one functioning ventricle, he or she will usually undergo stages of surgical reconstruction to redirect blood flow for effective circulation. One of the procedures commonly performed during this process is the Fontan.  As shown in the graph above, from January 2015 to December 2018, children who received a Fontan procedure at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital had a 100 percent survival rate.

Why this is important: Le Bonheur’s cardiac surgeons are performing better than the national average, with consistently positive outcomes. When it comes to treating complex cardiac issues, Le Bonheur is a great choice for your child.

Le Bonheur’s Heart Institute measures quality using data compiled by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, or STS. STS gathers data from other top pediatric heart programs in the country, and publishes that information twice a year. This information helps us benchmark ourselves among other top pediatric heart programs.