Robotic abdominal surgery is saving babies

Like Local 3 News on Facebook:

A new robotic abdominal surgery is helping women at risk of miscarriage become moms.

Michael and Jamie Good have a busy household; brothers Zach and Gabe watch over baby sister Adrianna. But getting to this point was far from easy.

Jamie says, "The last two babies I had, I left the hospital alone." 

Jamie miscarried twins at ten weeks. Then lost two boys, one at 17 weeks and another at 20 weeks. Each loss was crushing … even for Michael, who saw his share of tragedy when he served in Iraq.

Michael says, "I expect that we're in combat we may lose somebody. And so you can mentally prepare yourself for this. This, there's nothing you could do to prepare." 

Dr. Robert Atlas is a specialist in maternal-fetal medicine. He says, in some cases, pregnancy loss is due to cervical insufficiency.

Dr. Atlas says, "There are things we can potentially do that can prevent that from happening, even in their first pregnancy."

It's called cerclage. Doctors surgically tighten or close the cervix, before or during pregnancy. Instead of major surgery, doctors can now perform robotic cerclage, working through five small keyholes in the abdomen. 

Dr. Atlas says, "We're going in and out of the cervix and then we tie it down tight just like that purse string." 

Doctors delivered Adrianna by c-section at 36 weeks. Six lbs, 5oz.

Jamie says, "This little bundle of joy was active and nursing, and just a normal baby girl." 

 After cerclage the stitches remain in the body. The procedure is outpatient, and most patients can try to conceive just a few months after.
 


Don't Miss

  • WJMN Pro Football Challenge
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Manistique MI Matters
  • Home For The Holidays 2017
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Local 3 Big Buck Giveaway
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Eye On The Storm
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Latest News

Video Center