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Definition of Surgery, fetal

Surgery, fetal: The surgical treatment of a fetus before birth. Fetal surgery is usually done when the fetus is not expected to survive to delivery or to live long after birth unless fetal surgery is performed. Also known as prenatal or antenatal surgery.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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