Fetal surgery

Shaun M. Kunisaki, Russell W. Jennings

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Fetal surgery has emerged from the realm of medical curiosity into an exciting, multidisciplinary specialty now capable of improving patient outcomes for a wide variety of diseases. Recent advances allow prenatal providers to both accurately diagnose and treat many fetal anomalies while maintaining maternal safety. As the initial postnatal health care providers to the majority of these newborns, neonatologists need to be familiar with some of the more recent state-of-the-art procedures currently being used. In this review, the authors discuss the prenatal evaluation process and various operative approaches (ie, open hysterotomy, fetoscopy, and percutaneous) to conduct fetal surgery. They then analyze the effectiveness of some of the more established and experimental prenatal therapies that are being performed for a number of fetal anomalies, including twin-twin transfusion syndrome, thoracic malformations, airway obstruction, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, myelomeningocele, and aortic valve stenosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-51
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Intensive Care Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Aortic valve stenosis
  • Ex utero intrapartum treatment
  • Fetal surgery
  • Fetus
  • Prenatal intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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