What Is the Medical Treatment of Spina Bifida?

Q:
What is the medical treatment of spina bifida?

A:
Doctors can operate on babies when they’re just a few days old:

  • If the baby has meningocele, about 24 to 48 hours after birth, the surgeon will put the membrane around the spinal cord back in place and close the opening.
  • If the baby has myelomeningocele, about 24 to 48 hours after birth, the surgeon will put the tissue and spinal cord back inside the baby’s body and cover it with skin. Sometimes the surgeon will also put a hollow tube into the baby’s brain to keep water from collecting on the brain.

Surgery sometimes can be done while the baby is still in the womb:

  • Before the 26th week of pregnancy, the surgeon goes into the mother’s womb and sews shut the opening over the baby’s spinal cord. Children who have this type of surgery seem to have fewer birth defects. But it’s risky to the mother and makes it more likely that the baby will be born too early.

To learn more you should go to a medical professional.

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