2nd successful fetal surgery performed in Shiraz

TEHRAN, Dec. 27 (MNA) – Surgeons from Shiraz managed to successfully perform a fetal heart surgery for the second time in the region.

Dr. Hamid Amouzegar from fetal surgical team at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences said the surgery was performed on a fetus diagnosed with a heart problem.

He noted that the surgery has been unprecedented in the region, adding “the fetus was suffering from severe pulmonary valve stenosis and the right ventricle of its heart was smaller than normal. If the surgery hadn’t been performed he would have suffered from heart problems throughout his life.”

He maintained that the pulmonary valve stenosis was relieved by balloon dilatation, adding the surgery helped provide proper conditions in which the right ventricle of the fetus’ heart would grow and allow the child to have a normal life after birth.

According to him, Shiraz Embryo Research Center was established four years ago with the presence of professors of pediatric surgery, gynecological surgery, children cardiology, neurology, urology and veterinary group.

This center, in addition to detecting fetal problems, specializes in treatment of other ailments such as heart valve stenosis, as well as diaphragm, kidney and brain problems of the fetus before birth, he said.

“Performing a heart surgery on a fetus in his/her 20 to 30 weeks of age can lead to a normal life for the child after birth. Failing to do so will pose the risk of suffering from heart problems to the end of his/her life,” he said, noting the surgery was performed on the fetus while in an appropriate age.

Amouzegar added that the first fetal surgery in Iran was performed three years ago and the child is currently in perfect health. 




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