Dr. Scott Adzick: January 12, 2017

FETAL SURGERY CAN SAVE AND IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN WORLDWIDE

1 in Every 33 Babies is born with a Birth Defect

*January is Birth Defects Awareness Month*

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Scott Adzick, M.D.

Surgeon-In-Chief at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

 

The birth of a child is a joyous occasion for an entire family.  For the families of the more than 150,000 American babies born with a birth defect each year, however, it also brings fear and uncertainty. There are thousands of different types of birth defects and while there has been a lot of research to advance our knowledge, the causes of some are still unknown.  Furthermore, families are often unaware of available treatment and can feel like there are few options.

For example, in some highly selective circumstances, early treatment is key for babies with birth defects – they have a greater risk of long-term illness and disability than other babies, and delayed treatment increases this risk.  Pioneering fetal surgeon Dr. Scott Adzick specializes in treating these babies’ unique needs – including surgical procedures when they are still in the womb.   Dr. Adzick is on hand to discuss this advancing technology and how fetal surgery can help save and better the lives of many children worldwide.

MORE ABOUT DR. SCOTT ADZICK:

Dr. Scott Adzick is the Surgeon-in-Chief, at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is the director of the Hospital’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, the largest and most comprehensive fetal program in the world, having welcomed expectant mothers from all 50 states and more than 50 countries.  An innovator in fetal medicine since the field’s inception, Dr. Adzick has dedicated his career to the pursuit of groundbreaking prenatal treatment for birth defects, has made pioneering contributions to fetal surgery, and today continues to explore cutting-edge treatment options. Since 1995, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has performed over 1,400 fetal surgeries on babies with prenatally diagnosed birth defects.

 

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