PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How is spina bifida in babies repaired?

ANSWER

Spina bifida is a relatively common birth defect in the U.S. It prevents the backbone that protects your baby’s spine from fully forming during pregnancy. Doctors can operate on babies when they’re just a few days old or even while they’re still in the womb. The surgeries are done 24 hours to 48 hours after birth.

Or the surgeon can operate before the 26th week of pregnancy. They go into the womb and sew 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.

From: What Is Spina Bifida? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Spina Bifida Association: "What is Spina Bifida?"

National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke: "Spina Bifida Fact Sheet."

Mayo Clinic: "Spina Bifida."

CDC: "Spina Bifida."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Spina Bifida Association: "What is Spina Bifida?"

National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke: "Spina Bifida Fact Sheet."

Mayo Clinic: "Spina Bifida."

CDC: "Spina Bifida."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

How does surgery help in treating spina bifida?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.