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Fontan Clinic

Lee Health's Pediatric Fontan Clinic

Lee Health's Pediatric Fontan Clinic serves children who have undergone the Fontan procedure. The clinic monitors the heart and other organs affected by Fontan circulation. Our specialties are here in one location for you and your family.

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About the Fontan Procedure

Developed in 1971, the Fontan procedure has significantly improved the chances of survival and quality of life for children born with single-ventricular heart defects.  This procedure enables all the deoxygenated (blue) blood returning to the heart to enter the pulmonary artery, significantly enhancing the oxygen levels in the blood.

The Fontan Clinic at Lee Health specializes in providing follow-up testing and care for pediatric patients who have undergone the Fontan procedure, regardless of where it was initially performed. Referrals can be made by doctors or cardiologists to ensure comprehensive and specialized care for these individuals. While most patients now reach adulthood with good health, lifelong monitoring is crucial to detect and treat potential complications that may affect various organs. 

Pediatric Specialists Serving our Community

Tracey Sperrazza

Dietician

Before Your Visit

If your child's provider determines they are a candidate for the Fontan procedure your care team will run diagnostic tests such as:

  • Transthoracic Echocardiogram
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Cardiopulmonary Stress Testing
  • Imaging Tests such as CT or MRI

What to Expect

The clinic lasts about three hours including testing and consolation with numerous specialists, including:

  • Pediatric Gastroenterologist
  • Pediatric Cardiologist
  • Pediatric Psychology
  • Dietitian

What to Bring

Be prepared to spend at least three hours with us in our clinic. We recommend bringing the below items to ensure your visit is as comfortable as possible

  • Photo ID
  • Insurance card
  • Food/Snacks/Formula
  • Entertainment

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