Spina bifida: Treatment and caring for your child after surgical repair

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Learn how your baby's spina bifida is repaired with surgery either before or after they are born. Also learn what happens after surgery and how to take care of your baby at home.

Key points

  • Spina bifida means that the bones that protect the spinal cord have not formed completely.
  • In babies with spina bifida, the CSF, the nerves and the lining of the spinal cord often bulge out through a defect in the baby’s back.
  • Two types of spina bifida, meningocele and myelomeningocele, are usually repaired with surgery
  • Surgery will be done either before your baby is born, before the 26 week of pregnancy, or within two to three days after they are born.
Last updated: November 7th 2017