Fetal Surgery for Sacrococcygeal Teratoma

Fetal surgery for sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT) may be required if an unborn child with sacrococcygeal teratoma develops fetal hydrops that is life threatening. At CHOP, fetal surgery, your baby’s delivery and postnatal care all happen in one facility.

Reshaping a Life: Teratomas

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.

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Tour our Fetal Center

Watch this video tour to learn what to expect at your first visit to the Wood Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment.

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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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At just one day old, Emily underwent surgery to remove a sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT), a large tumor that had grown to be a third of her size by the time she was born.

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Despite insurance obstacles, a family found hope at CHOP after learning their baby had a sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT).