Dr. Rubén Quintero, a pioneer in the field of intrauterine endoscopic surgery, and his associates, Drs. J. Angel, C. Kalter, W. Morales, and G. Giannina are currently treating the following conditions with in utero surgical techniques: twin-twin transfusion syndrome, acardiac twin, fetal bladder obstruction, and amniotic band syndrome.
...Editor's Note: Mary Allen and Patty Bornick, who graciously contributed this article, are nurses who work with Dr. Quintero at the Florida Institute for Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy at St. Joseph Women's Hospital in Tampa, Florida.
...Paula Malone and Jill MacNiven spent a week with Dr. Quintero, Mary Allen, R.N., and their team in January of this year.
...Dr. Quintero started the Florida Institute for Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy in 1996 at St. Joseph's Hospital for Women in Tampa, Florida.
Since then, Dr. Quintero
has become one of the leading inutero laser therapy experts, in the U.S.
has pioneered the effort to perfect the surgery.Moreover, he
has done a very good job of it.We cannot possibly tell you everything we learned, however, we will try to share with you our great experience.One of the most important items we learned was that Dr. Quintero
has perfected locating the specific blood vessels that connect disproportionately in the placenta, making the surgery even more successful than ever. Dr. Quintero
has trained several Doctors and nurses on his
staff to collectively perform laser surgery.The "team" is knowledgeable on all techniques, patient cases, and providing state of the art care.This team has proven repeatedly that they are quite a success.They have performed over 85 surgeries in the last few years, resulting in a 75% success rate for saving at least one twin.Dr. Quintero and Mary Allen, R.N. are very educated on TTTS, offering support and hands on medical care as needed throughout the say at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, before and after the surgery.
spent several hours discussing many of our lingering questions with him.