February 9, 2011
Performing delicate surgery in the womb, months before birth, can substantially improve outcomes for children with a common, disabling birth defect of the spine. Spina bifida is the most common birth defect of the central nervous system, affecting about 1,500 babies born each year in the U.S.
Experts at CHOP co-led a new landmark study showing that fetal surgery for spina bifida greatly reduces the need to divert fluid from the brain, improves mobility and improves the chances that a child will be able to walk independently.
Many national media outlets featured the study results and the significance for future generations.