New hope for expecting parents
- Genetic counseling
- High risk prenatal care
- Fetal and neonatal surgical consults
- High risk delivery planning
- Image guided and needle based interventions
- Fetal intervention for TTTS
- Fetoscopic procedures
- Open-fetal surgeries
- Ex-utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT)
- Neonatal cardiothoracic surgery
More about fetal surgery
Fetal surgery can offer hope of correcting or minimizing a variety of life-threatening or potentially disabling conditions affecting the fetus, helping to both facilitate delivery of a healthy child and protect the health of the mother.
For certain conditions it now represents the standard of care – for example in myelomeningocele, the most serious form of spina bifida that can limit a child’s future mobility, learning ability and bowel/bladder function. Surgery is also standard for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, a condition in which blood flow between twins becomes abnormal. Benefits for both conditions have been proven in randomized clinical trials.
For other conditions, prenatal surgery represents a new and powerful option for physicians and parents to consider as they seek to balance potential impacts to the mother’s health against those of the new child.
Some of the conditions we can diagnose and treat include:
- Amniotic band syndrome
- Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
- Sacrococcygeal teratoma
- Spina bifida, or myelomenigocele
- Twin reversed arterial perfusion syndrome
- Twin–twin transfusion syndrome
UC Davis Children’s Hospital was the first hospital on the West Coast, and only the fourth in the nation, to earn verification as a level I children’s surgery center by the American College of Surgeons.