Each year at the Zurich Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy we deal with a large number of pregnancies in which the unborn child is unwell. As a result, the entire team acquires a wealth of experience. Thanks also to excellent international networking we often find a good solution even in difficult cases. The following pages illustrate the sort of problems we deal with
At the Zurich Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy we cover the entire range of diagnostic services available in the world today. In the event that an investigation cannot be performed in Zurich, samples can be sent anywhere in the world for analysis, ensuring you receive the best possible care.
At the Zurich Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy we can provide the entire range of established treatments available in the world today. In the case of newly developed therapeutic methods we work in partnership with the world’s leading centers, ensuring you receive the best possible care.
The option of intrauterine surgery, i.e. an operation on the fetus, is only ever considered if it has the potential to prevent threatened intrauterine death or prevent – or at least significantly reduce – the severity of extremely severe lifelong disability. Some malformations and tumors can become so large that they will kill the fetus unless surgically removed during pregnancy. By far the most commonly performed intrauterine operation, however, is that on spina bifida (myelomeningocele). Intrauterine surgery is the only available means of favorably influencing the otherwise inevitable severe and lifelong multiple disabilities that result from this condition. To the best of our knowledge, ours is the only center in Europe to perform all these open surgical procedures.