There are several approaches to carrying out fetal interventions:
Open fetal surgery
Open fetal surgery is a procedure that’s similar to having a cesarean section, except it doesn’t involve the delivery of the baby. It’s a major operation that requires a large incision in your lower abdomen to provide access to your uterus.
Fetendo fetal surgery
Fetendo fetal surgery is a less invasive option than open fetal surgery. It involves using small, flexible tubes called endoscopes that the surgeon inserts into several much smaller incisions in your skin or abdomen.
Endoscopes have a tiny camera and light on one end that sends back images of the surgery site to a monitor in the operating room. They also use ultrasound images that display a cross-sectional view of the fetus to provide the optimal view.
The surgeon uses the images to carry out the necessary fetal interventions without needing to make any large incisions. Fetendo fetal surgery causes significantly less tissue damage than open fetal surgery, so your recovery will be faster and less painful.
FIGS-IT (fetal image-guided surgery for intervention or therapy)
FIGS-IT is a way of treating the fetus without needing to make an incision in your uterus or insert an endoscope. Instead, the surgeon uses ultrasound technology only to guide the surgical instruments.
If you’re concerned about preventing problems for your baby after the birth, call High Risk Pregnancy Doctors today or book an appointment online.