Instrumental requirements for minimal invasive fetal surgery
Article first published online: 12 DEC 2008
© 2008 The Authors Journal compilation © RCOG 2008 BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Special Issue: Emerging Technologies in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume 116, Issue 2, pages 188–197, January 2009
How to Cite
Klaritsch, P., Albert, K., Van Mieghem, T., Gucciardo, L., Done’, E., Bynens, B. and Deprest, J. (2009), Instrumental requirements for minimal invasive fetal surgery. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 116: 188–197. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2008.02021.x
- Issue published online: 12 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 12 DEC 2008
- Accepted 25 September 2008.
- Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH);
- fetal therapy;
- twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS)
Minimal invasive intrauterine interventions have gained their place in fetal medicine. Interventions on the placenta, umbilical cord, fetal membranes or on the fetus require special endoscopes with their respective sheaths, cannulas and additional instruments. Instruments for fetal therapy are purpose designed for the procedure of interest and most gynaecologists are therefore not familiar with them. We review the currently available instrumentation used during operations for complicated monochorionic multiple pregnancies, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, amniotic band syndrome, urinary tract obstruction and hydrothorax.