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Fetal Spina Bfida

Fetal Spina Bifida

When an ultrasound detects something out of the ordinary, it’s natural for expectant parents to be worried. But new technologies and procedures, as well as a better understanding of fetal development, can help address potential birth defects. That’s the case with spina bifida, a defect that occurs during the first month of pregnancy when the spinal column does not develop properly.

For many expectant mothers who learn their developing babies have spina bifida, the answer may be in-utero surgery to better the quality of life for their children. Previously, moms-to-be had to travel around the country for this life-changing surgery. Today, the experienced team at Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies is performing in-utero surgery to help correct spina bifida right here in Central Florida.

Led by pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Samer Elbabaa, the Orlando Health Winnie Palmer team of fetal care experts is here to guide you through your pregnancy. They have the experience and knowledge to provide the best care for babies with spina bifida while allowing you to choose a treatment plan for your family. At the Fetal Care Center, we strive to anticipate and meet all your needs during pregnancy and even after birth. Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children provides comprehensive follow-up care through early adulthood for children with spina bifida.