Pediatric and Fetal Surgery Session
Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida – a dance with many rhythms
Professor Martin Meuli is a pediatric surgeon with extensive exposure and training in prenatal diagnosis and fetal surgery. He is the Chairman and Surgeon-in-Chief of the Department of Surgery of the University Children’s Hospital Zurich. In the year 2010 he opened a Fetal Surgery Program in the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at the University Hospital Zurich of which he is Co-Director. His research focused on the question whether spina bifida could be a candidate lesion for prenatal intervention. He demonstrated in a fetal sheep model of myelomeningocele that fetal surgery in fact spared neurologic function at birth. To date, he has successfully operated on more than 40 fetuses with spina bifida. This new insight paved the way to performing prenatal spina bifida repair on human patients.
In his lecture, the Professor will adress the recently developed two-hit-hypothesis for the pathogenesis of spina bifida aperta (myelomeningocele, MMC). The lecture will also cover the first attempts of treating human fetuses with MMC before birth and details of the ground breaking results of the so called MOMS-trial that established open fetal surgery with clear cut evidence as novel standard of care for select fetuses suffering from MMC.
Location: Zurich, Switzerland