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Changing The Future For Babies With Spina Bifida

In May 2011, The St. Louis Fetal Care Institute became one of the first centers to offer fetal surgery surgery for myelomeningocele following the release of the MOMS (Management of Myelomeningocele) trial results.

Myelomeningocele, the most severe form of spina bifida, is caused when the back’s bones do not close over to protect the spinal cord. It can cause paralysis and brain damage before a baby is even born. The team at the Fetal Care Institute can repair the myelomeningocele while the baby is still in the womb

In the National Institute of Health (NIH) sponsored MOMS trial, patients facing a spina bifida diagnosis were randomly assigned to undergo fetal surgery or receive standard postnatal surgery. It was found that babies who have the fetal surgery often have better outcomes than those who receive the standard repair surgery after birth.

The team has evaluated more than 70 patients carrying a baby with myelomeningocele since 2009, and performed nearly 50 fetal myelomeningocele repair surgeries since 2011, when the trial concluded. 

More Moms Eligible For Fetal Surgery

The St. Louis Fetal Care Institute is one of the first fetal surgery centers in the country to have an Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved study to allow pregnant women with a body mass index (BMI) of up to 40 to be considered for fetal myelomeningocele repair surgery. Call us today for details. Our team is available 24-hours a day for physician and self referrals by calling 314-268-4037 or toll free at 877-SSM-FETL.





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