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Fetal Surgery

Fetal Surgery services offered in Chicago, IL

When a developing fetus requires surgical intervention, finding the right specialist for the job is important. For many families in and around Chicago and Park Ridge, Illinois, Dr. Suwan Mehra, MD, is the physician of choice. Through his self-named practice, Dr. Mehra uses the very latest tools and techniques to achieve optimal surgical outcomes for mother and baby. Book your visit today online or by phone to learn more.

Fetal Surgery Q&A

What is fetal surgery?

Fetal surgery refers to any surgical procedure performed on an unborn baby while still within the uterus. These procedures are done to correct certain birth defects. 

While some birth defects are best treated after a baby is born, there are others that advance quickly while a fetus is developing. In such cases, fetal surgical intervention offers the best chance at correcting the issue while in the earliest possible stage. 

Fetal surgery relies on advanced technology and years of physician experience.  Dr. Mehra brings a wealth of knowledge to his practice and is always seeking out opportunities to learn more about the latest advancements in fetal surgery.  Combining cutting edge technology with his extensive fetal surgical experience, Dr. Mehra provides the precision and skill necessary to offer the best outcomes to his patients. 

What are some birth defects that can be addressed through fetal surgery?

Fetal surgery offers a good treatment path for a number of birth defects.  Once screening reveals signs of concern, parents work with Dr. Mehra to determine the best course of action. If fetal surgery is a good fit, parents learn what to expect in terms of the procedure and potential outcomes.

Some of the issues that fetal surgery can improve or correct include:

  • Neck mass
  • Amniotic band syndrome
  • Spina bifida
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Lower urinary tract obstruction
  • Congenital high airway obstruction syndrome

These are just a few of the birth defects that Dr. Mehra can address through fetal surgery. Dr. Mehra reviews the pros and cons of each treatment option during your visit, allowing parents and families to make the most informed decision for their child, knowing that all possible treatment options have been explored.  In difficult moments, Dr. Mehra offers his patients peace of mind and unconditional support, allowing each family to make move forward with confidence in their decisions with unwavering support from their care team. 

What happens during fetal surgery?

Fetal surgery often begins with anesthesia to help mother and child rest comfortably throughout the procedure. Ultrasound technology can help provide imaging to guide the procedure. 

Operative fetoscopy is a technique that uses a small camera and light to project images of internal tissues onto an external screen. Only a small incision in the mother’s abdomen is needed to guide the scope into position. 

This approach also enables certain surgical procedures through the same incision. A minimally invasive surgical technique, operative fetoscopy is a good way to reduce the risk of complications for both mother and child. 

If you have additional questions or concerns about fetal surgery, call or click to book a visit today.