Medical Delta Fetal Therapy is a research group with a focus on biomechanical and clinical improvements in the field of fetal therapy. Fetal therapy is an emerging sub-specialty in obstetrics. Due to technological advancement it has become feasible to treat a number of severe fetal diseases whilst the fetus remains in the womb.
The project is performed in collaboration with prof.dr. Jenny Dankelman of the Delft University of Technology, prof. dr. Dick Oepkes of the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and prof.dr.ir. Dick Sterenborg of the Erasmus Medical Center. The project is part of the STW perspectief program Instruments for Minimally Invasive Techniques (iMIT).
International Fetal Therapy Course
Since 2000, over 600 MC twin pregnancies complicated by TTTS have been treated with fetoscopic laser surgery in the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). The LUMC is one of the eight tertiary care centers in the Netherlands, and serves as the national referral and international expert center for fetal therapy. Per year 60-70 patients are treated with laser surgery.
Coming years, more fetoscopic surgery will be performed. Teaching and training in fetoscopic surgery is challenging, therefore we created a standardized training curriculum using a high fidelity simulator and contribute in training the next generation of surgeons to retaining high standards and quality of care in fetal therapy.
This year, 2015, our Leiden Fetal Therapy Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary. As part of a lot of activities this year, we are organizing two one day hands-on advanced courses in fetoscopic laser surgery for TTTS, using our highly realistic simulator models and a formal, validated curriculum. Moreover we host the pre-conference course on fetoscopic surgery of the ISPD in Washington.
These courses can be attended by young, enthusiastic fellows and staff specialized in Maternal Fetal Medicine, who will very likely pursue a career in invasive fetal therapy, from both established as well as starting-up centers from all over the world.
The next course is held 3-4th of October 2015 at the Leiden University Medical Center and will be sponsored by Karl Storz
Solomon Trial published in The Lancet
Better treatment for twin transfusion syndrome.
A new laser treatment reduces the complications of twin transfusion syndrome. With the new technique the circulations of the two fetuses are separated. LUMC researchers published their results in The Lancet.
Medical Delta at SMFM 2014
A strong Medical Delta Fetal Therapy delegation was present at the SMFM Annual meeting in New Orleans last February.
5 interesting posters by our team were selected by the scientific committee.