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What conditions can be treated with fetal surgery?

A wide range of conditions can be treated with fetal surgery. Fetal surgery is aimed at treating a problem the unborn child may have or a complication arising in the pregnancy such as twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. These procedures can be minimally invasive using needles or a special scope or they can be highly invasive with a large surgery for both mom and the baby. Currently, complications of twin pregnancies where the twins share a single placenta are the most commonly treated disorders. Other conditions that can be treated with fetal surgery include: 
  • spina bifida
  • bladder obstruction
  • fluid on the lung
  • tumors causing heart failure
Regardless of the condition, it can oftentimes be helpful for families to meet with a fetal surgery team and learn more about a specific condition.

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