Preventive and restorative medical treatments, prescription and over-the-counter medicines, cutting-edge surgeries and procedures that our ancestors would never have dreamed of—clinical research makes all of these things possible.
At the St. Louis Fetal Care Institute, research plays an important role in what we do. Research makes it possible for us to offer some of the most advanced diagnosis and treatment for a variety of conditions, including minimally invasive fetal surgery.
Now, with an incision as small as a quarter of an inch, our surgeons can correct fetal abnormalities inside the womb, before the baby is born, to help the baby develop normally and be born as healthy as possible. Our ancestors might have called such a surgery a miracle; we call it the product of years of clinical research.
Research is Not Merely Making Guesses
Clinical research begins with a review of the care of babies similar to yours. We try to examine all the factors involved in your baby’s care from before birth to after delivery, even as far as several years. Examining all of these factors, we can determine if the measurements we collect by ultrasound, MRI, and fetal echocardiography are helpful in predicting your baby’s outcome.
Research trials follow strict guidelines and procedures, and have gained approval from the Saint Louis University Institutional Review Board and the SSMHC Institutional Review Board before they are started. While in the research stage, many of these therapies help patients who may otherwise have few or no other options.
If you, or your baby, are a candidate for a research trial, or an experimental procedure, our team will help you weigh the risks and benefits so you can be confident you are making an informed decision that is best for you and your family.