, Volume 72, Issue 5, pp 433-436

Current status of fetal surgery

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The allure of fetal surgery is the possibility of interruptingin utero progression of an otherwise treatable condition. In spite of advances in prenatal diagnosis and refinements in surgical techniques, this field has not yet got off the ground because the risks to the mother and fetus, during and after the procedure far outweigh the benefits, and the infrastructure required to support such activity is prohibitively expensive. The various surgical conditions in which fetal surgery has been attempted and the present status of this specialty are discussed.