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The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Celebrates the Birth of Its 1,000th Fetal Surgery Patient
Date:6/6/2013

Philadelphia, Pa. (PRWEB) June 06, 2013

Eighteen years after opening its internationally prominent Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) celebrates 1,000 fetal surgeries – highly complex surgical interventions to repair birth defects in the womb. Approximately 4,000 fetal surgeries have been done worldwide, meaning a quarter of them have been performed at CHOP, the largest number of any hospital in the world.

“Although birth defects remain the leading cause of infant mortality in the United States, we have been able to develop and share innovations that help advance treatment for these defects, relying on tools, techniques and experience not available 30 years ago,” said fetal surgery pioneer and pediatric surgeon N. Scott Adzick, M.D., medical director of the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at CHOP, where he is also Surgeon-in-Chief.

It took a small group of medical professionals, committed to treating life-threatening birth defects before birth, to dramatically expand the capabilities of fetal medicine. Today, having provided effective treatments for thousands of babies worldwide, fetal therapy is recognized as one of the most promising fields in pediatric medicine.

Established by Dr. Adzick in 1995, CHOP’s Center is now the largest and most comprehensive fetal program in the world, having welcomed nearly 15,000 expectant mothers from all 50 states and more than 50 countries. Each week at CHOP, highly sophisticated surgical teams repair spina bifida and other birth defects in the womb, place fetal shunts to treat life-threatening congenital conditions, or perform minimally invasive procedures in the mother’s uterus to treat complications in
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