(PASADENA, Calif. –September 10, 2015) - Huntington Memorial Hospital,
in partnership with USC Institute for Maternal-Fetal Health (IMFH), successfully
completed its first fetal surgery today. It marks the beginning of an
additional way in which Huntington Hospital supports women, fetuses and
infants in need of surgery.
The Fetal Surgery Program identifies and treats medical problems in children
while they are still in the womb through a technique, called “operative
fetoscopy," and is performed under local anesthesia via an incision.
Huntington Hospital is one of the very few hospitals in the country to
offer this life-saving treatment.
“Huntington Hospital’s collaboration with IMFH is a testament
to the hospital’s reputation of providing high-quality care and
positive outcomes,” said Jennifer Castaldo, associate chief nurse
executive and clinical director, maternal child services, Huntington Hospital.
“Expert physicians combined with the highly skilled nursing and
support services at Huntington Hospital are the perfect team to offer
this ground-breaking service.”
Over the past several decades, physicians and mothers-to-be alike have
seen an evolution of care for babies still in the womb. These breakthroughs
can be attributed to the availability of new high-resolution obstetrical
ultrasounds and other prenatal screening and diagnostic techniques.
Until recently, there has been limited success in the treatment of fetal
and placental problems. Parents were left with few options once a fetal
abnormality was diagnosed. Fortunately, recent technological advances
in microsurgical instrumentation have allowed physicians surgical access
into the womb.
Steve Ralph, President and CEO of Huntington Hospital, said of today’s
inaugural surgery “I am proud of the collaboration and teamwork
that made this program a reality, and that we can now offer this incredible
service to our community.”
Huntington Hospital officials are pleased to report that both mom and
baby were doing very well following the procedure, and resting comfortably.