Ex Utero Intrapartum Treatment (EXIT procedure)

An Ex Utero Intrapartum Treatment (or EXIT procedure) is an operative intervention requiring general anesthesia for the mother. The anesthesia relaxes the uterus and passes through the placenta to the fetus. This intervention is utilized for operative procedures on the fetus. The baby will be delivered at the end of the EXIT procedure. The placental bypass during the fetal procedure allows for fetal stability during the operative phase for the fetal diagnosis. A neonatal resuscitation team is available for the delivery.

EXIT procedures include:

  • EXIT to Resection
  • EXIT to ECMO
  • EXIT to Airway


Watch a video summary of an EXIT to Resection Surgery

(Warning: some parts of this video are graphic in nature)


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