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Cutting edge surgery offering Gulf Coast families new hope | WDSU

New Orleans is one of just 13 cities across the country offering a surgery that repairs spina bifida while the baby is still in the womb. Traditionally, procedures for spina bifida happen after a child is born, but the team of doctors at Ochsner conduct the fetal surgery while a mother is 20-26 weeks pregnant, repairing the nerves of the baby's spine and freeing the spinal cord.

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