On the Cutting Edge: Prenatal Surgery for Myelomeningocele : Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing

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On the Cutting Edge

Prenatal Surgery for Myelomeningocele

Rimbos, Kristine MS, RNC-OB, C-EFM, NE-BC

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Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing 12(1):p 18-21, 1/3 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/JPS.0000000000000379


Myelomeningocele is a complex medical diagnosis that, when discovered prenatally, allows for the option of maternal–fetal surgery aimed at improving long-term outcomes. Significant advancements have been made in prenatal myelomeningocele surgical techniques that reduce morbidity and mortality for the pregnant person and their child. The pathway to prenatal surgery consists of in-depth obstetric and fetal assessment partnered with intense family education and counseling. Fetal care centers provide specialized care of families undergoing assessment, diagnosis, and prenatal and postnatal treatment of spina bifida. The counseling process in a fetal care center is unique, comprehensive, and directed to ensure families receive multidisciplinary care and support that is individualized to their specific needs and concerns.

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