Open uterus fetal surgery: installing prostheses

Open uterus fetal surgery: installing prostheses

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Credit: PHILIPPE PLAILLY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Fetal surgery through an open uterus: close-up of the repair of a fetal diaphragmatic hernia. This operation, at the Hopital-Saint-Vincent-De- Paul, France, on 22nd July 1991, was the first successful European attempt at such a technique. The single defect of the 7-month fetus resulted in part of her bowel protruding into the chest cavity to obstruct lung development. Through an abdominal incision, the bowel was rearranged & the diaphragm rebuilt with a prosthesis. A second prosthesis was used to enlarge the abdominal cavity. Finally, the fetus was replaced & the uterus rejoined & refilled with amniotic fluid.

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Keywords: congenital defect, diaphragmatic, diaphragmatic hernia, fetal, fetus, foetal surgery, foetus, healthcare, hernia, hospital procedure, intra-uterine, medical, medicine, open uterus, open uterus surgery, repair of, surgery, surgical treatment

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