Fetal Surgery

Fetal surgery is a highly complex surgical intervention to repair birth defects in the womb that requires the most expert care for both mother and unborn baby. Improved fetal imaging and diagnostic tools have allowed us to identify more precisely when conditions worsen during fetal development. This knowledge has helped us develop new ways to help babies sooner while in utero. Today, fetal therapy is recognized as one of the most promising fields in pediatric medicine, and prenatal surgery is becoming an option for a growing number of babies with birth defects.

Fetal Diagnosis and Fetal Surgery: The World’s Most Experienced Fetal Care Center

Why Choose Us?

Our fetal surgery experts are pioneers in fetal medicine with the greatest collective experience in the world. Learn about our surgical expertise, multidisciplinary team approach, and commitment to patient safety that means the best outcomes for your baby.

Next Steps
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Choosing a Fetal Treatment Center

Know what questions to ask when considering fetal surgery so you can make an informed decision that is right for you and your baby.

Pregnant Mom and Child

What to Expect

From the moment of referral through delivery and postnatal care, your family can expect a supportive experience when you come to us with a diagnosis of a birth defect.

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