Providing Expert Fetal Surgery in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV

Fetal surgery (or prenatal surgery) is surgery performed on a baby before birth. Doctors began performing fetal surgery in the 1980s. It is now an important treatment option at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican for certain birth defects.

Find a maternal fetal medicine surgeon at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican who performs fetal surgery in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, using our online tool or by calling (702) 616-4900. As a Baby Friendly hospital, we are committed to the health and wellbeing of your child before, during, and after birth.


Reasons for Fetal Surgery

Fetal surgery lets surgeons correct health problems before a baby is born. In some cases, treating the problem before birth minimizes the amount of damage the problem can cause.

Doctors can use fetal surgery to treat:

  • Spina bifida. The spinal cord, spine, or brain is not completely surrounded by the bones of the spine or skull.
  • Lung masses. Solid or fluid-filled masses grow as part of the lungs or outside of the lungs.
  • Amniotic band syndrome. Strands of the amniotic sac disrupt development by wrapping tightly around part of an unborn baby’s body.
  • Urinary tract obstruction. A rare birth defect that blocks or slows the flow of urine from a developing baby’s bladder.
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia. A hole in the diaphragm that allows the abdominal organs move into the chest area and can affect lung development.
  • Sacrococcygeal teratoma. A tumor at the base of a baby’s spine, near the tailbone.


Prenatal Surgery at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican

Fetal surgery is a highly specialized procedure. It involves a team of medical professionals who know how to care for and support the health of the unborn baby and the mother. There are three main approaches to fetal surgery:

  • Image-guided procedures insert a tiny tube or needle via ultrasound guidance. An example of an image-guided procedure is the insertion of a tube into a baby’s bladder or chest to drain excess fluid.
  • Minimally invasive fetal surgery requires only a few small incisions in the mother’s abdomen. The baby is not removed from the womb. Surgical instruments are inserted through the incisions. A small camera is used for guidance.
  • Open fetal surgery involves a large incision in the mother’s abdomen. The baby is removed from the womb (but remains connected to the mother via the umbilical cord) during the surgery. After surgery, the baby is returned to the womb and incisions to the mother’s abdomen and uterus are closed.

Risk of fetal surgery include:

Because fetal surgery can increase the risk of premature labor, mothers are closely monitored after surgery. Bed rest and medication may also be used to decrease the risk of preterm birth.

Your baby will need monitoring and specialized care after birth.

Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers highly specialized fetal surgery in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, including minimally invasive procedures.