This is so EXCITING, I could pop! For those of you who don’t know I have a rare disorder called Chiari malformation. My cerebellum “herniated” into my spinal column and I have had two major brain surgeries amongst other problems. There has been little advancement in the knowledge of this disease. I found this article tonight about a new surgery in which surgeons repair the “hindbrain herniation” in the uterus before the baby is born!” What a fantastic idea, fix the problem before the baby is born and help the baby from suffering horrible symptoms like I have had!
oh cool. I did not know this disorder was related to Spina bifada. From what I’ve read and seen on documentaries, babies who have this surgery seem to have much better quality of life and fewer complications. I hope it becomes standard practice in the future (covered by insurance, more surgeons, etc)
Very, very encouraging, MC. Maybe someday Chiari Malformation will be one of those “long time ago” disorders. Also interesting at the end of the article was this:
“The exact cause of spina bifida is unknown, but experts agree women of childbearing age can reduce the risk of their child getting this disease by getting enough folic acid (at least 400 micrograms) from leafy green vegetables, fruits, beans or supplements and vitamin B12 (2.8 micrograms), found in meat and eggs.”
Yes its considered a “high level” type of spina bifida. Or a “complete” spina bifida. It develops as the neural tube is developing. In SB the tube generally doesn’t close entirely. In CM it closes but not correctly. I think they are onto something!!!
Oh I’m so happy for you, to hear about this. I really hope they can start doing this it would be such an advancment and would be great for other babies not to deal with this. I’m sorry that you do MC, you’re such a trooper and great person.