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Fetal Surgery for Spinal Defect at Providence Hospital a First in New England

“Luks had practiced with his team, which included pediatric neurosurgeons Konstantina Svokos and Petra Klinge, obstetric anesthesiologist Denis Snegovskikh, maternal-fetal medicine specialist Dr. Stephen R. Carr, and several other doctors and nurses. Fetal Treatment Program of New England’s nurse-coordinator Deb Watson-Smith also played a vital role…

Two hours after they began, the operation ended. The deformity on Selwyn’s little spine had been successfully repaired, and mother and baby went home to bed rest until the boy was born, by Caesarean section, at Women & Infants Hospital, a Care New England facility, on July 30.

Everything went well,” Hess said.”

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Konstantina A. Svokos, DO, MS

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics

Petra M. Klinge, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Division
Director, Center for CSF Disorders of the Brain and Spine