Huntington Hospital, in partnership with USC Institute for Maternal-Fetal Health (IMFH), hosts 5th bi-annual fetal surgery reunion

April 29, 2016

On April 24, the Los Angeles Fetal Surgery team, led by Ramen Chmait, MD, a faculty member of the USC Keck School of Medicine, hosted a celebration at Huntington Hospitalto honor their amazing fetal surgery patients. Over 130 families attended the event, which included lunch, superhero-themed games and activities and a group photo. “We always look forward to celebrating our fetal surgery patients and their families at this bi-annual event,” said Dr. Chmait. “To see our fetal surgery patients’ development and growth, year after year, is a testament to the expert perinatal physicians, nurses and support services at Huntington Hospital.”

The mission of the Los Angeles Fetal Surgery Program, which is a collaboration between Huntington Hospital, University of Southern California, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, is to identify and treat medical problems in children while they are still in the womb through a technique, called “operative fetoscopy." Huntington Hospital is one of the very few hospitals in the country to offer this life-saving treatment.

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.

For more information about fetal surgery, go to: Fetal Surgery Program | Huntington Hospital

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