On Jan. 17, Children’s Minnesota and Allina Health announced that the Midwest Fetal Care Center added open fetal surgery to its pioneering fetal care program, becoming one of less than a dozen centers in the country with these capabilities. The program currently focuses on repairing spina bifida, a dangerous condition where the spinal column doesn’t fully close, while babies are still in the womb. Clara Carlin was diagnosed with spina bifida while still in the womb and underwent open fetal surgery at the Midwest Fetal Care Center at 26 weeks gestation. Today, Clara is 9 months old and is meeting milestones every month. Watch the KARE-TV segment: Fetal surgery for babies with spina bifida at Children’s.
Dr. Brad Feltis, surgery director at the Midwest Fetal Care Center and Dr. Joseph Lillegard, pediatric general and thoracic surgeon at Children’s Minnesota were interviewed by the Star Tribune about the open fetal surgery program. Read the full article: Surgery in the womb boosts babies’ odds in Minneapolis.