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Cleveland Clinic Conducts Its First Successful Fetal Surgery

The hospital announced on Wednesday that after preparations worth a year,
It was able to complete Northern Ohio’s very first surgery on a
Fetus inside the uterus to repair spina bifida.

Dr. Darrell Cass,
Director of Fetal Surgery in the Cleveland Clinic’s Fetal Center said,
‘The operation on the fetus in the uterus,
I’m directing and in charge of, and the guidance of where we should open the uterus, the exposure of the baby.

Dr. Darrell Cass, along with a team of specialists,
Carried out the surgery on a 23-week fetus with the birth defect spina bifida in February. The baby girl was born at 37 weeks on June 3.

Both the mother and the child are doing well. A build-up of pressure and fluid and that pressure can lead to brain damage.
Fetal surgery for the birth defect is an option that parents can
Opt for in almost 20 hospitals in North America.
The fetal surgery was clinically accepted in 2011.

Cass has conducted more than 160 fetal surgeries since 2002. Although the mother is doing well, she is not up for an interview as yet.
However, she has allowed the footage of the surgery to be released.
Cass said, ‘We open the uterus in the smallest way directly
Over where the baby’s back is positioned.

The team then repaired the baby’s spine via an opening in the Uterus that was only 4.5 centimeters wide. Once the surgery was finished, Cass says,
‘her spinal cord is completely protected.


Cass further said, ‘The operation went perfectly and in fact,
The repair on this baby’s back is the best that I’ve seen in the last 20 years.

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