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Breakthroughs In Fetal Surgery Spring 2013 


Advancements in Fetal Surgery
CME Dinner
Thursday, April 11
6:30 p.m.
Mastro's Steakhouse
520 Dearborne St., Chicago, IL

If you are able to attend please RSVP to 314.268.4037 or e-mail us.

Up to 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ available, see below for details.




The St. Louis Fetal Care Institute

As one of the Midwest’s leading fetal care centers the Fetal Care Institute—a collaborative program between SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, SSM St. Mary’s Health Center and Saint Louis University School of Medicine—is the place where hundreds of families have chosen to go for the care of their future babies


Experienced Myelomeningocele Repair Team

Within weeks of the release of the MOMS Trial results the Fetal Care Institute’s team was performing the fetal myelomeningocele repair operation. Nearly two years later, the Fetal Care Institute is one of the fastest growing centers in the country.



Following the MOMS protocols, exclusion and inclusion criteria, and ACOG recommended counseling guidelines, the Fetal Care Institute performs this open fetal surgery on qualified patients between 19 and 26 weeks gestation. Click here to see what your patients can expect if they choose us for fetal spina bifida repair. 






Following a short stay in St. Louis many of our mothers return home and deliver via c-section at their local hospital with their original ob/gyn or Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist (MFM).

MMC Repair Team Leadership





Dr. Mike Vlastos
Click here for Dr. Vlastos' biography






Dr. Samer Elbabaa
Click here for Dr. Elbabba's biography



Compassionate Care For Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome

Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) along with many other fetal diagnoses requires consistent monitoring and care. The collaborative approach at the Fetal Care Institute gives patients access to an in-house team of experts from diagnosis to fetal intervention if needed.

Since the program started, the Fetal Care Institute has evaluated 67 patients with a multiple gestation pregnancy, 33 of these cases resulted in a minimally invasive fetal operation, fetoscopic laser photocoagulation of the placental vessels to treat TTTS.

Click here for more information about how we diagnose, monitor and treat TTTS.




Innovative Procedure For Fetal Lung Masses

A Bronchopulmonary Sequestration (BPS) fetal lung mass can be a deadly diagnosis. A new treatment available at the Fetal Care Institute is giving these babies a chance at life outside the womb.

Using laser ablation the team is able to block blood flow to the mass, which causes it to stop growing. After the surgery, the BPS steals less blood flow from the fetus. The heart and lungs can start to develop normally as the BPS shrinks in size.

Click here to see how this revolutionary treatment helped save Delaney's life.







ACCREDITATION: Saint Louis University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: Saint Louis University designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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