Prenatal surgery

Prenatal surgery, to close or cover a spina bifida lesion before birth, can sometimes be carried out in certain circumstances. There are significant risks for both mother and fetus, the benefits are variable and impossible to predict, and the long term effects are unknown at the present time.

The surgery needs to be carried out before 26 weeks gestation, and there are several tests and investigations needed beforehand, such as MRI and amniocentesis.

The surgery is now available in the UK, in London. Some centres in mainland Europe can also accept referrals from UK Fetal Medicine Units if funding is agreed.

If you would like more information about this treatment, you should discuss it with your Fetal Medicine Consultant as soon as possible.


Please watch this video from Gift-Surg for more information: 

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