12th Annual C. Walton Lillehei Memorial Lecture in Cardiovascular Surgery: Fontan conversion - The Chicago experience

Carl L Backer*

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Abstract

Between 1994 and 2011, we performed 133 Fontan conversions with arrhythmia surgery. Most patients had tricuspid atresia or double-inlet left ventricle with prior atriopulmonary connection. Operative mortality was 1.5%, and mean length of stay was 14 days. A total of eight patients (6%) have had late cardiac transplantation. Freedom from arrhythmia recurrence is 85% at 10 years. For properly selected patients with a functionally univentricular heart who have had an atriopulmonary Fontan procedure, Fontan conversion with arrhythmia surgery significantly improves quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-176
Number of pages8
JournalCardiology in the young
Volume21
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

Keywords

  • Cox-maze III
  • Fontan procedure
  • Functionally univentricular heart
  • arrhythmia surgery
  • cavopulmonary connection
  • congenital heart disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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