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Semin Plast Surg. 2019 Aug;33(3):204-212. doi: 10.1055/s-0039-1693431. Epub 2019 Aug 2.

Advances in Fetal Surgery: Current and Future Relevance in Plastic Surgery.

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1
Division of Plastic Surgery, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
2
School of Medicine, Health Sciences Center, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Louisiana.
3
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

Abstract

Scarless healing has long been the holy grail for plastic surgery. While historically fetal surgery has tempted plastic surgeons with the allure of scarless correction of congenital abnormalities, the risks far outweighed the benefits and these interventions never materialized. Current advances in fetal surgery with minimally invasive fetoscopic surgery have made these early fetal interventions safer, leading to expanding applications. While the plastic surgeon's role is limited as of yet, this article provides a review of the history of fetal surgery and the advances that may become relevant to the future plastic surgeon.

KEYWORDS:

amniotic band syndrome; fetoscopic surgery; plastic surgery; reconstructive surgery

PMID:
31384237
PMCID:
PMC6680079
[Available on 2020-08-01]
DOI:
10.1055/s-0039-1693431

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