Surgeons have successfully repaired the backbone of two unborn children in the United Kingdom weeks before they were born BBC…
Surgeons have successfully repaired the backbone of two unborn children in the United Kingdom weeks before they were born BBC reported.
The two operations, conducted this summer by a team of 30 doctors at the University Hospital in London, are the first of their kind in Britain.
The children suffered from a condition called spina bifida.
The conditions develop during pregnancy when the unborn baby’s legs are not properly formed. This creates a gap that leaves the spinal cord unprotected.
This may cause the spinal fluid of the child to leak and put the brain’s development at risk.
Spina bifida is usually treated at birth, but research has shown that repairing the child’s spine can earlier stop the loss of spinal fluid, which can give the child better chances for a better life.
During the procedures, the doctor opens an opening in the womb’s uterus and then sews the children’s spine in the spine.
The activity reduced the children’s odds to go through more operations to drain fluid from the brain later in life. Operations are also meant to improve their engine function at two and a half years old.
“There were some children who had grown up after fetal surgery that went and you would not think they would go if they did not.” Anne David, from UCL, said.
The hospital said that the women and infants are now recovering well.
The procedure usually takes one and a half hours, but it presents a risk of premature work. Researchers now explore smaller invasive methods.
Mothers must previously go abroad to the United States, Belgium or Switzerland for surgery, but David, who has worked to get the UK trial for three years, said that women no longer need to get up from the UK, which could mean less cost. The women may also have the comfort of having their family with them.
According to The Telegraph the operating group previously traveled to Belgium to train a facility in Leuven where more than 40 of these operations have already been carried out.
The operation will be available to patients through the Center for Prenatal Therapy at Great Ormond Street Hospital and UCLH, and this is possible through funds from hospitals charities.
Donald Peebles, UCLH’s clinical director of women’s health, said the £ 450,000 fund has trained the surgical team and will fund the operation of the first 10 patients.