Open Fetal Surgery
How does this benefit the baby more than other procedures?
Open fetal surgery can benefit the baby more than other forms of treatment because it has better results for treating hard to cure conditions. For example, Children’s Minnesota and Allina Health state that there is no cure for many conditions but open fetal surgery can lead to better cognitions and motor development skills. If these conditions were to be treated after birth they may not heal the same and that could lead to poor cognition or many other problems. Not only does open fetal surgery help with developing those skills, it also can provide benefits that can only be achieved before birth. According to Joseph Lillegard, a pediatric surgeon and research director at the Midwest Fetal Care Center, “Open fetal surgery enables us to potentially save the life of the fetus or provide long-term health benefits that couldn’t be achieved if we waited until after the baby was born.” Open fetal surgery has many benefits that could even save a baby's life, whereas if they were to wait until after birth they may not have that opportunity.
Which hospitals are focusing on open fetal surgery?
Many hospitals in The United States have become focused on fetal care such as open fetal surgery. In fact, “fewer than a dozen centers in North America routinely perform open fetal surgery, including the Midwest Fetal Care Center, a collaboration between Children’s Minnesota and Allina Health,” says a writer from Children’s Minnesota and Allina Health. Among those hospitals is one of the first hospitals that began using open fetal surgery as a common procedure. The Midwest Fetal Care Center is one of the first hospitals to practice open fetal surgery. According to the Star Tribune, six open fetal surgeries have been performed by doctors with the Midwest Fetal Care Center, a collaboration between Allina Health and Children’s Minnesota. Thought as of right now there are only so many hospitals using open fetal surgery, it is slowly becoming more common in more hospitals.