Fontan Surgery in Lagos
The Fontan procedure is an operation that causes all the oxygen-poor (blue) blood returning to the heart to passively circulate through the pulmonary artery. It is commonly done between the ages of 18 and 36 months. The oxygenation of the blood is significantly improved as a result of this.
The Fontan is performed in such a way that nearly all of the blue blood returning from the body is directed to the lungs. Since almost all of the blood pumped out of the body now goes to the lungs first, most children are much “pinker” after this time.