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Posted Feb 11 2011 12:00am
In the study, the prenatal procedure was typically done at 24 weeks gestation. Surgeons make an incision in the abdomen and take out the uterus to get access to the fetus's lower spine. They apply a patch and put the fetus and uterus back in the mother. The baby is delivered, ideally at close to full term, by Caesarean section.
At 12 months old, 40% of babies who had the surgery in the womb needed a shunt to drain fluid from the brain, compared with 83% in the post-natal group. That was the most significant benefit, researchers said. Revising or changing shunts can subject spina bifida patients to a childhood of surgeries. "If you can avoid a shunt, that in itself is a wonderful thing," said Scott Adzick, surgeon-in-chief at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and lead author of the study.
At 30 months, 42% of babies in the prenatal group and 21% in the post-natal group were able to walk without crutches or other devices, researchers said.
I am still amazed everyday how medicine makes head way to cure or treat diseases. Truly amazing that to take the fetus out to perform the procedures and put the fetus back in the womb. Those cutting-edges physicians, surgeons, researchers, and other healthcare professionals are truly the heroes!