TOF Repair

Starts from $6000

TOF Repair

About TOF Repair

TOF Repair in India starts from $6000. The total cost of the treatment depends on the diagnosis and facilities opted by the patient.

Tetralogy of Fallot is a rare, complex heart defect that occurs in about 5 out of every 10,000 babies. It usually affects the heart in four ways. It usually presents itself ventricular septal defect, pulmonary stenosis, right ventricular hypertrophy, overriding aorta. Babies and children with TOF often have cyanosis and have a blue tint in their lips, fingernails which are often used as a symptom for diagnosis. The surgery is an open-heart procedure.

Frequently asked questions about TOF Repair

As mentioned earlier tetralogy of Fallot is usually performed by either complete intracardiac repair or palliative repair. The surgeon determines the procedure to be performed. An overview of the procedure is given below:

Complete Intracardiac Repair: The surgery is done to ensure proper blood flow to the lungs. The passageway between the right ventricle to the pulmonary artery is enlarged. This ensures that there is a proper blood flow to the lungs thus providing oxygen-rich blood to the entire body. A second fix is performed for the Ventricular Septal defect by placing a patch to cover the hole in the septum.  This patch stops oxygen-rich and oxygen-poor blood from mixing between the ventricles. The above mentioned two repairs ensure that there is oxygen-rich blood supply across the body and that the defects of the heart valves are corrected.

Temporary or Palliative Repair: This is done for infants who aren’t strong enough to survive the surgery. It is a procedure that helps to temporarily correct the blood flow to the lungs. The surgery is followed by complete intracardiac repair when the baby grows up. In this surgery, the surgeon places a shunt between a large artery branching off the aorta and the pulmonary artery. One end of the shunt is sewn to the artery branching off the aorta. The other end is sewn to the pulmonary artery. This causes an additional pathway for blood to travel to the lungs to get oxygen. The shunt is removed when the baby’s heart defects are fixed during the full repair.

The patient is monitored closely for a week or more. Since the surgery is an open heart procedure extra care should be given while taking care of the patient. The incision for the surgery heals completely in 6 weeks and proper care should be taken to ensure that it doesn’t infect. In case of Temporary repair, the patient may need medicines to keep the shunt open while waiting for the full repair. These medicines are stopped after the shunt is removed.

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