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Spina bifida is a birth defect in which an area of the spinal column doesn’t form properly, leaving a section of the spinal cord and spinal nerves exposed through an opening in the back. The two main spina bifida treatment options are fetal surgery during pregnancy or surgery on the baby right after birth. In this video, fetal surgeons and other team members from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) explain spina bifida treatment options, the benefits of spina bifida surgery before birth, the team required to perform this complex procedure, and the support services CHOP offers families. The video also shares spina bifida fetal surgery stories from the perspective of families.
Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida (Myelomeningocele)
Spina Bifida Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
Related Centers and Programs:
Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit, Division of Neurosurgery
Doctors closed a hole in Connor's spine while he was still in his mother's womb. Follow his spina bifida journey.
Our surgeons pioneered fetal surgery for spina bifida, and have the greatest collective experience in the world.
Miah is an active, energetic and strong-willed 4-year-old who doesn’t let anything get in her way.