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Fetal therapy program


We offer tertiary and quaternary care for the unborn baby with complex needs. These cases are co-ordinated through the Fetal Diagnostic and Treatment Group. This is a multidisciplinary group consisting of maternal fetal medicine and paediatric specialists. Our Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialists conduct diagnostic procedures and fetal therapies. Paediatric subspecialties including genetics, general surgery, neurosurgery, urology, orthopaedics, radiology, neonatology and cardiology all contribute to the prenatal evaluation and postnatal management of complex fetal disease.

The Fetal Therapy Program at the MUHC is one of 21 fetal surgery centres that comprise the North American Fetal Therapy Network and is one of only four centres in Canada to offer fetoscopic fetal surgery. Amongst the antenatal interventions that are offered are:

    Fetal transfusion (MUHC, JGH)
    Shunt Placement (MUHC)
    Selective fetal reduction (MUHC, JGH)
    Radiofrequency ablative interventions(MUHC) EXIT procedures (MUHC)
    Selective fetoscopic laser photocoagulation of placental vascular communications for twin-twin transfusion syndrome (MUHC)
    Operative fetoscopy (MUHC)
    Interstitial laser therapies (MUHC)