Fetal surgical techniques

Semin Pediatr Surg. 1993 May;2(2):136-42.


Our experimental and clinical experience with open fetal surgery has provided invaluable lessons regarding optimal maternal-fetal anesthesia, hysterotomy, fetal exposure techniques, fetal monitoring, reliable steps for in utero repair of life-threatening defects, and secure methods for uterine closure. Most importantly, open fetal surgery has been performed in both nonhuman primates and in the initial series of clinical cases with acceptable maternal safety and without detectable adverse effects on later reproduction.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Congenital Abnormalities / diagnosis
  • Congenital Abnormalities / surgery*
  • Female
  • Fetal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Fetal Diseases / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Diagnosis
  • Surgical Instruments
  • Suture Techniques / instrumentation
  • Uterus / surgery