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Congenital Heart Defects:
Tricuspid Valve Atresia - Stage 3 Fix: Fontan Operation

Third-Stage Operation: Fontan Operation

When your child is 2 to 3 years old he will need more oxygen supplied to him to grow, so doctors will then perform a Fontan Operation.

This operaton diverts the blood coming from the lower part of the body through the Inferior Venacava to the main Pulmonary Artery.

The blood coming back from the upper body to the heart goes to the Superior Venacava and is diverted through the existing Glenn Operation to the right lung.

The blood coming back from the lower body to the heart goes to the Inferior Venacava and is diverted through the additional Fontan Operation to the left lung.

Now there is no mixing of the pink and blue blood in your child's heart. The blood coming from the Left Atrium doesn't find any blue blood coming from the Right Atrium to mix with and so it continues to the Left Ventricle pink, and goes to the brain and the rest of the body pink, and your child will look pinker and grow better.


Problems with the Walls:
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) : Fix | Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) : Fix

Problems with the Doors:
Tricuspid Valve Atresia : Fix 1 | Fix 2 | Fix 3 | Ebstein's Anomaly
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome : Fix 1 | Fix 2 | Fix 3
Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
| Aortic Valve Stenosis

Problems with the Chambers:
Hypoplastic Right Ventricle

Problems with the Hallways:
Coarctation of the Aorta : Fix | Branch Pulmonary Artery Stenosis
Transposition of the Great Arteries : Fixed
Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection

Problems with the Plumbing:
Anomalous Origin of the Coronary Arteries from the Pulmonary Artery

Problems Involving More Than One Part of the Heart:
Tetralogy of Fallot : Fixed
Truncus Arteriosus : Fixed | Common Atrioventricular Canal : Fix 1 | Fix 2

Ductus Arteriosus : Fix 1 | Fix 2

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