Our Spina Bifida Patients Share A Few Words

“Finding myself in a situation clouded with much uncertainty, I couldn’t have found a better fetal surgery team to guide me through an incredible journey filled with so many firsts, leading to the beautiful girl in my arms today.”

-Gilda Giron

“Dr. Chmait and his team brought hope back to my family during one of the most scary times of our lives. It’s rare to find a surgeon who is not only skilled technically, but also has amazing bedside manner. Thank you Dr. Chmait and the whole team for your dedication to making sure my son had his best chance at a great quality of life.”

Carlee Harman

“I have an immense amount of gratitude for Dr. Chmait and his team to which I don’t think words could possibly do justice. Dr. Chmait and his staff made sure all my questions were answered, he went above and beyond to ensure my daughter and I were eligible candidates. I felt assured, safe and knew my daughter was in the best hands possible. I truly believe in my heart this is more than a job for Dr.Chmait but a passion come to fruition. Dr. Chmait and his team genuinely care, and that is not something you find everywhere. So, if you happen to find yourself in my shoes, I hope my words are of comfort and hope. While the journey wasn’t without challenges, I would do it all over again. My daughter is doing beautifully, and I am forever grateful.”

– V.P.R

“No words can express how grateful I am with Dr. Chmait and his team! He gave us hope when we learned how fetal surgery might be able to give our daughter a better outcome in regards to her Spina Bifida diagnosis. The surgery was a success and my daughter is doing better than anticipated. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Dr. Chmait!”


“There is no doubt that in-utero surgery is the way to go. For such a rare and meticulous surgery, it truly requires an exceptional team you can place your trust. Dr. Chmait not only earned our trust before the surgery, but he earned our love afterward! We will never grow tired of thanking him and his team for making this possible.”

-From Benjamin, Aida and Baby Benjamin

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New Surgery Treatments

Los Angeles Fetal Surgery is currently studying a new, minimally-invasive approach to the treatment of spina bifida in-utero. Spina bifida is a condition that affects the development of the backbone and may lead to debilitating lifelong damage. In-utero treatment of the condition has been shown to improve neurological outcome and has consisted of an open fetal surgery approach (open abdomen, open uterus) and a less invasive approach (open abdomen, closed uterus). This new surgical approach, in-utero percutaneous fetoscopic spina bifida repair, is minimally-invasive and is performed through a closed abdomen and closed uterus using laparoscopic instruments. The procedure that was pioneered in Brazil, has been brought to the United States and is being studied by our team of doctors at Keck School of Medicine of USC, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Huntington Hospital. This multi-institution collaboration is the first to perform a completely laparoscopic repair of open spina bifida in the western United States.

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