there could be heart issues, etc that they could detect already and possibly do something about!
What kind of heart problems can they treat at 12 wks?
In January of 2006, doctors performed the first in utero operation where a cardiac device was implanted in the growing fetus' tiny heart. 16 specialists at Children's Hospital in Boston were part of the operation where a lifesaving stent was put into baby Grace's malformed heart to help her to develop better.
The parents were informed after a sonogram that their daughter had hypoplastic left-heart syndrome. This is a congenital defect where the left ventricle of the heart doesn't develop. Doctors explained that Grace would have a 20% chance of survival even if she had open heart surgery immediately after she was delivered. With the in utero procedure that they did, they expected that Grace had a significantly higher chance of survival after delivery.
How In Utero Surgery Works
Similar operations have been performed many times in Boston, and other places throughout the United States. Many times one part of the heart grows more slowly than the other, and actually begins to shrink due to this problem and the lack of blood flow. This part of the heart needs to be expanded to allow blood to flow properly and for the heart to develop.
The procedure starts with the doctors placing a needle through the mother's abdomen, into the uterus, through the baby's skin and exactly into the baby's heart. This technology is amazing, as it needs to be incredibly exact. In utero, the baby's heart is approximately the same size as a grape. A sonogram is used during the procedure so that the doctor can ensure that he is putting the needle in exactly the right location. Once the needle reaches the blocked valve, a balloon is inflated, allowing blood to flow again to the ventricle. Once the blood is able to flow again, the heart begins to grow. And this, obviously, makes a huge difference in a baby's development and potential for a normal life outside of the womb.
These, and other, in utero procedures are changing the face of neo-natal medicine. They are helping families to make difficult decisions and they are decreasing the rates of children being born with life threatening issues.
-Also, there is Amniotic Band Syndrome where a child can lose a linb and can possibly be corrected in utero.
-A friend of mine had twins with TTTS and they were operated on in utero around 30 weeks b/c they were both about to die and they are now over a year old.
-Aortic Spenosis can be fixed in utero
-Ablation of anastomotic vessels in acardiac twins;
-Laser ablation of anastomotic vessels in early, severe twin-twin transfusion syndrome;
-Removal of sacrococcygeal teratoma;
-Resection of malformed pulmonary tissue, or placement of a thoraco-amniotic shunt as a treatment of either of the following:
congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation; or
- extralobar pulmonary sequestration;
- Vesico-amniotic shunting as a treatment of urinary tract obstruction.
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