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Default Cleveland Clinic Performs Its First In Utero Fetal Surgery

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Cleveland Clinic Performs Its First In Utero Fetal Surgery

JUNE 19, 2019 / NEWS RELEASES

Darrell Cass, M.D., leads multispecialty team of clinicians to repair spina bifida birth defect in a nearly 23-week-old fetus

Amanda Kalan, M.D., (left) and Darrell Cass, M.D., (right) perform in utero spina bifida surgery.

Cleveland Clinic has successfully performed its first in utero fetal surgery to repair a spina bifida birth defect in a nearly 23-week-old fetus.

A multispecialty team of clinicians performed the surgery in February, and the baby, a girl, was later delivered by caesarean section near full term June 3, making it northern Ohio’s first surgery of its kind. Mother and daughter are doing well.

The surgical team, led by Darrell Cass, M.D., director of Fetal Surgery in Cleveland Clinic’s Fetal Center and a specialist who has performed more than 160 fetal surgeries since 2002, included Amanda Kalan, M.D., medical director of Cleveland Clinic’s Special Delivery Unit; Violette Recinos, M.D., and Kaine Onwuzulike, M.D., both pediatric neurosurgeons; Francine Erenberg, M.D., fetal cardiologist; and McCallum Hoyt, M.D. and Tara Hata, M.D., obstetric and pediatric anesthesiologists.

Spina bifida is a birth defect that is most often discovered during the routine anatomy scan typically performed when a fetus is around 18 weeks old. The condition affects the lowest part of the spine and occurs when the neural tube does not fully close, causing the backbone that protects the spinal cord not to form as it should. This often results in damage to the spinal cord and nerves and can even lead to brain damage.

Spina bifida can affect a child’s lower leg strength and their ability to walk and run, as well as their ability to go to the bathroom and urinate adequately. According to the CDC, approximately 1,645 babies are born with spina bifida each year in the United States.


Click here to download an animation of the in utero fetal surgery to repair a spina bifida birth defect.

During the fetal repair surgery, a caesarean section-like incision is made and the mother’s uterus is exposed. An ultrasound is then used to locate the placenta and fetus. The uterus is opened 4.5 cm and the back of the fetus is exposed, showing the spina bifida lesion. The surgeons then carefully suture several individual layers of tissue (myofascia, dura and skin) in order to cover the defect. After the uterus is closed back up, the fetus remains in the womb for the remainder of the pregnancy and is ultimately born by caesarean section.

“By successfully repairing the defect before birth, we’re allowing this child to have the best possible outcome and significantly improve her quality of life,” said Dr. Cass. “There are different measures of quality in determining success for fetal repairs and in this particular case, all metrics for maximum quality were achieved.”

The success of this surgery was based on two metrics – restoration of normal brain structure and the gestational age at birth.


Click here to download high-definition video of the of the in utero spina bifida surgery.

Prior to fetal repair surgery, the back of the brain herniates down the spinal column – known as an Arnold-Chiari malformation – causing cerebrospinal fluid to back up and build pressure that can cause brain damage. Typically babies with spina bifida need shunts to decompress the built-up fluid after they are born. When a successful fetal surgery repair is completed and the brain is examined one month later, the malformation is reversed and the back of the brain returns to a normal appearance, which was observed in this case.

The surgery was also successful by the second metric – when the baby is born. The average birth after fetal surgery repair is 34 weeks gestation. In this case, the baby was born at 36.5 weeks gestation – exceeding the average birth time by more than two weeks and giving the baby more time to develop and grow.

“Although the surgery was a success, spina bifida is never cured,” said Dr. Cass. “Moving forward, the baby will require ongoing supportive care provided by a multidisciplinary team of caregivers in our Spina Bifida Clinic, which will involve neurology, urology, orthopedics, developmental pediatrics and neurosurgery, among other specialists.”

The surgical team from Cleveland Clinic’s Fetal Center worked for more than a year to prepare for this first surgery, including making site visits to other centers, conducting simulations, and consulting with other experts in the field.

“I am honored to work with this amazing team of clinicians and to see our efforts come to fruition after preparing for so long,” said Dr. Cass, who joined Cleveland Clinic as director of Fetal Surgery in October 2017 to build its fetal surgery program after co-founding and co-directing Texas Children’s Fetal Center in Houston for 17 years. “Families in this region now have more options when it comes to making these types of decisions and we are thrilled to be able to provide the care needed for these complex cases.”

Editor’s Note: High-definition video of the surgery can be downloaded here. Additional video and B-roll are available by request from the Cleveland Clinic News Service. The images below are downloadable and provided for media use only.
And what does this do for the Left’s argument that there is no living being in there, just a clump of cells? Will Shiva our resident MALE pro-abortion poster weigh in on this thread?
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Yeah, how does a doctor do surgery on a lump of tissue?

The left tells us its not a person until it can survive on its own outside the womb.
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Will Shiva our resident MALE pro-abortion poster weigh in on this thread?
He most likely will, but it will be paragraphs of useless and senseless drivel with very little pertaining to the subject at hand.
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Sadly facts like this don't penetrate some folks mental blocks to the fact that the child in the womb is simply another person. Another human being.
Denials, euphamisms, vague BSery about the "health" of women and ignoring the hypocrisy come to bear against hard realities like fetal surgery. The scary thing is many know it's a person they simply don't want them.
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I just knew Shiva and Sloth wouldn't post on this thread, they haven't received their talking points yet.
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And what does this do for the Left’s argument that there is no living being in there, just a clump of cells? Will Shiva our resident MALE pro-abortion poster weigh in on this thread?
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[QUOTE=mr wonder;971590]Sadly facts like this don't penetrate some folks mental blocks to the fact that the child in the womb is simply another person. Another human being.
Denials, euphamisms, vague BSery about the "health" of women and ignoring the hypocrisy come to bear against hard realities like fetal surgery. The scary thing is many know it's a person they simply don't want them.[/QUOTE]

Yes, you are correct, no matter how they try to paint it, they are murdering a baby that they conceived, because they just don't want a baby.

And they are too lazy to take it to term and put it up for adoption.

Funny thing is, a lot of women would feel guilty putting their baby up for adoption, some just could not deal with it. So they choose to kill it instead.,

And planned parenthood has helped them to feel no guilt about killing the baby.

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I just KNEW Shiva and Slothy would NOT post on this thread.

This puts the kibosh on their baby killing stance that babies in utero aren't babies.
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And Shiva is STILL to cowardly to respond to this thread.
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