Conditions We Treat

Conditions We Treat

Fetal anomalies are conditions that develop in a baby before they are born. They can have detrimental or lasting effects either in utero or after birth, and some can potentially be treated through in utero surgical procedures.





Fetal anomalies treated in utero

Your team of providers may recommend fetal surgery as an option to help treat certain fetal anomalies. At the University of Arizona, our fetal surgeons and multidisciplinary partners are trained in providing state-of-the-art treatments for a wide range of conditions.

Conditions we treat:

Common Fetal Anomalies

There are a range of congenital conditions that may impact the health of the baby and the mother. Our multidisciplinary, extended fetal surgery care team is prepared to treat conditions from routine to rare, including:

  • Myelomeningocele and spina bifida
  • Congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM)
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH)
  • Abdominal wall defects including:
    • Omphalocele
    • Gastroschisis

Fetal Conditions Affecting Twins

Certain types of fetal anomalies are specific to twins. More often than not, these abnormalities affect more than one twin. Our team works with families to create specialized care plans based around the best outcome for your babies. 

Conditions affecting twins include:

  • Twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS)
  • Twin anemia-polycythemia sequence (TAPS)

Fetal Heart Conditions

Issues may arise during the fetus’ development that affect the heart. These conditions can range from changes in the heart's shape and blood flow to problems with the heart muscle or heartbeat, including: 

  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Transposition of the great vessels
  • Congenital heart lesions

Genitourinary Anomalies

Genitourinary anomalies affect the development of the genitourinary system - the kidneys, bladder, urethra, and other parts of the pelvis. These conditions include:

  • Eagle-Barrett syndrome (prune belly syndrome)
  • Bladder Outlet Obstruction
  • Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease

Make an Appointment

For the best surgical care in Tucson, Southern Arizona or the Southwest, make an appointment by calling

(520) 694-8888.

Contact Us

University of Arizona Department of Surgery

Division of Pediatric Surgery

PO Box 245131

Tucson, AZ 85724-5131

Office Phone: (520) 621-8745

Fax: (520) 626-2247