Spina bifida is a birth defect in which an area of the spinal column doesn’t form properly, leaving a section of the spinal cord and spinal nerves exposed through an opening in the back. Myelomeningocele (MMC), the most common and serious form of spina bifida, may be treated before birth with fetal surgery. Other forms of spina bifida can be repaired postnatally.
Mothers carrying a baby with spina bifida who choose fetal surgery require the most expert and carefully coordinated care from the time of diagnosis through care after your baby is born. Our team has performed more than 200 fetal surgeries on babies with myelomeningocele, maintaining optimal patient safety and following high standards for fetal surgery to ensure the best possible outcomes for you and your baby.
CHOP’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment offers an unmatched level of care for babies with prenatally diagnosed birth defects. Our team is among the most experienced in the world, and includes pioneers in fetal medicine. Learn about our expertise and approach to care, and why that means better outcomes for your baby.