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Spinal surgery for babies in the womb

Spinal surgery for spina bifida for babies in the womb is among treatments that will be routinely available on the NHS for the first time, NHS England has announced.

The cutting edge procedure for unborn children with spina bifida, whose spine and spinal cord do not develop properly, allows pregnant women to be treated closer to home and their families.

The surgery involves repairing the spinal tissue while the baby is still in the womb, which can reduce illnesses including bladder, bowel and kidney conditions later in life, and improve walking ability.

The life-changing procedure is among several new treatments that are being made routinely available on the NHS.