Open uterus fetal surgery: reintegration in uterus

Open uterus fetal surgery: reintegration in uterus

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Credit: PHILIPPE PLAILLY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Fetal surgery through an open uterus: with the repair to a diaphragmatic hernia complete, the fetus is about to be restored back to the womb. Here, a fetal foot is about to be replaced. 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. Baby Alexandra was delivered by Caesarean section on 30th July, at 30 weeks, with no complications & made a good recovery.

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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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