Fetal Consultations – General Surgery

When you’re pregnant, you want the best for your unborn baby. We know an unexpected diagnosis can be scary. At CHOC, we deal with the unexpected every day, and have helped many families plan for their baby’s birth and medical care.

We are with you at every step. Once we’ve confirmed your baby’s diagnosis, we will counsel you on what to expect, prenatal interventions you may need, delivering your baby safely and the medical treatment they will receive afterward. Our goal is to answer all of your questions and provide you and your family peace of mind.

Conditions We Treat

Our board-certified pediatric surgeons are experienced in repairing even the most complex conditions with the latest, safest methods.
We treat all conditions that may require general and thoracic surgery, including:

Hope After Surgery: Alicia’s Story

Alicia giving a big smileWhen Marlen was pregnant, her unborn baby Alicia was diagnosed with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), a condition where a hole allows abdominal organs to move into the chest. And this case was especially serious. Marlen began meeting with pediatric general surgeon Dr. Mustafa Kabeer, who planned for several surgeries that would take place after Alicia was born—and who would ultimately save her life.

Alicia was born at full term and transferred to CHOC immediately. Throughout the entire process, Dr. Kabeer communicated with Alicia’s parents. And like every other time her parents were cautioned about her survival, the tiny infant fought back. After several months in CHOC’s Level 4 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), Alicia went home with her family. Today, she is a happy, charismatic four-year-old.

“Even though it’s a difficult subject, we want parents to understand the problem their child is facing and that we’re trying to help them and their baby overcome it. We’re going to do our best and face these challenges together. Alicia’s case reinforces the fact that babies are extremely resilient. Every patient is unique and this is a perfect example of why we should give them every chance possible.” —Dr. Kabeer

When the Unexpected Happens: 7 Tips for Coping with a Diagnosis

Every parent imagines that their unborn baby will have a healthy life. If you’ve received an unexpected medical diagnosis, you may be filled with emotions and an uncertainty about what to do next. A CHOC expert offers guidance for getting through this time.

Get 7 tips for coping with an unexpected diagnosis >

Expectant parents meeting with physician and seeing images of their unborn child

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