Spina Bifida Treatment Cost In Malaysia

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Spina bifida is a congenital disability when the spine and spinal cord don't form properly. This is a kind of birth defect that affects the neural tube. The neural tube is a structure in an unborn baby that develops into the brain, spinal cord, and surrounding tissues.

When the neural tube doesn't close all the way, the backbone protecting the spinal cord does not form and close as it should. This often results in damage to the nerves and the spinal cord.

The two main spina bifida treatment options are fetal surgery during pregnancy or surgery on the baby right after birth.

Spina Bifida surgery after birth (Postnatal Spina Bifida Repair)  

During postnatal spina bifida surgery, your pregnancy is monitored, and a cesarean delivery is scheduled at 37 weeks.

  • Usually, spina bifida is treated through a surgical procedure within 24-48 hours after the baby is born
  • Your child will undergo general anesthesia
  • If present, the myelomeningocele (MMC) sac is removed by the Pediatric Neurosurgeon 
  • To protect the spinal cord, the specialist closes the surrounding tissue and skin over the defect
  • Post-surgery, the baby receives care in our Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU)

Spina Bifida surgery before birth (Prenatal Spina Bifida Repair)  

Prenatal repair of MMC prevents further damage as spinal cord damage progresses during gestation.

A prenatal repair could offer significantly better results than traditional postnatal repair:

  • It helps decrease the necessity of draining fluid from the brain through ventricular shunting
  • It reduces the incidence/severity of neurological effects, including impaired motor and sensory function of the legs
  • It improves mobility and the chances that a child will be able to walk independently 
  • It reverses the hindbrain herniation component of the Arnold-Chiari II malformation

Inclusions in the package

The cost of Spina Bifida treatment includes the following:

  • Preoperative diagnostic tests cost, including Maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP) tests, maternal blood tests, and blood tests.
  • Surgery cost
  • Post-Operative cost (depends on the number of follow-up sessions)
  • Medicine cost (anti-inflammatory, painkillers, etc.)
  • Patient's hospital stay

Factors affecting cost of Spina Bifida Treatment

The overall cost of the procedure also varies based on the patient's condition and preferences. Some of these factors are:

  • Type of hospital and room opted (General, Twin sharing, or Single room)
  • The severity of the disease
  • Post-surgical complication, if it happens (such as Infection, bleeding, etc.)
  • Cost of blood products (if required)
  • Age of the patient
  • An extended stay at the hospital
  • Post-operational physiotherapy sessions 
  • Cost of accommodation during follow-ups, in case the patient is not a local resident

Frequently asked questions related to expenses that most patients have when planing for Spina Bifida Treatment.

What is the cost of tests for spina bifida treatment?

Certain tests are done before a spina bifida treatment, such as maternal blood tests, ultrasound, and maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP) test. The cost for these tests is generally included in the package.

Is the medicine cost included in the package?

All the medicines bought during the stay in the hospital are included in the package. When the patient is discharged, any medicines consumed outside the hospital are not covered in the package.

How long does the patient stay in the hospital after spina bifida treatment?

Babies who undergo post-natal surgery for spina bifida remain in the hospital for one to three weeks. After the surgery, the baby needs to spend 3-4 hours in the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit and then be monitored in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The surgeon needs to see the baby for follow-up four to six weeks after he goes home. The baby needs to visit sooner if stitches need to be removed. 

List of Centers for Spina Bifida Treatment in Malaysia

Popular Cities in Malaysia for Spina Bifida Treatment are:

Doctors for Spina Bifida Treatment in Malaysia

Children with Spina Bifida are often cared for by various medical professionals, including a Neurologist, Orthopaedist, and Physical Therapist.

Listing popular specialists:

Dr. Chee Chee Pin

Dr. Chee Chee Pin

Consultant, 38 years of experience

Gleneagles Hospital, Kuala LumpurLocation

Brain surgery Clot removal Aneurysm repair Tumor removal.

Dr. Tan Wei Chean

Dr. Tan Wei Chean

Consultant, 19 years of experience

Gleneagles Hospital Kota KinabaluLocation

Spine surgery Pain management

 Mr. B. Gunasekaran

Mr. B. Gunasekaran

Consultant, 40 years of experience

Gleneagles Hospital, PenangLocation

Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Mr. K. Ravindran Katheerayson

Mr. K. Ravindran Katheerayson

Consultant, 30 years of experience

Gleneagles Hospital, PenangLocation

Brain & Spine surgery

Dr. Azmin Kass Bin Rosman

Dr. Azmin Kass Bin Rosman

Director, 34 years of experience

ParkCity Medical Centre, Kuala LumpurLocation

Peripheral and Autonomic Nervous System, Functional Disorders, Epilepsy Surgery, Complex Cerebrovascular Surgery, Complex Spine Surgery

Mr. Yoong Meow Foong

Mr. Yoong Meow Foong

Consultant, 30 years of experience

Gleneagles Hospital, PenangLocation

Neurosurgery.

Dr. Devaraj a/l Pancharatnam

Dr. Devaraj a/l Pancharatnam

Consultant, 18 years of experience

Gleneagles Hospital Medini JohorLocation

Cervical and Lumbar Spine surgery Neuro –Oncology Traumatic brain Injury Complex Spine surgery

Dr. Benedict Marius Selladurai

Dr. Benedict Marius Selladurai

Consultant, 50 years of experience

Ara Damansara Medical Centre, SelangorLocation

Brain Tumors, Epilepsy Skull Base Tumors Spinal Tumors Stroke Trigeminal Neuralgia

Dr. Halili Bin Rahmat

Dr. Halili Bin Rahmat

Consultant, 44 years of experience

Ara Damansara Medical Centre, SelangorLocation

Brain Tumors Neurological Disorders Stroke

Dr. Ravindran A/L Vashu

Dr. Ravindran A/L Vashu

Consultant, 19 years of experience

Pantai Hospital, AmpangLocation

Peripheral Nerve Surgery Pituitary Surgery Brain Tumour Excision

Dr. Sukumar S.

Dr. Sukumar S.

Consultant, 38 years of experience

Pantai Hospital, AmpangLocation

Nervous system disorder Headache Brain tumor Brain surgery

Dr. Gunasegaran Thangaveloo

Dr. Gunasegaran Thangaveloo

Consultant, 24 years of experience

Pantai Hospital KlangLocation

Dementia Neurology Brain cancer Paralysis Brain tumor Nerve surgery

Dr. Lee Foo Chiang

Dr. Lee Foo Chiang

Consultant, 30 years of experience

Sunway Medical Centre, SelangorLocation

Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery.

Dr. Ravi S Krishnapillai

Dr. Ravi S Krishnapillai

Consultant, 30 years of experience

Sunway Medical Centre, SelangorLocation

Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery.

Dr. Wong Fung Chu

Dr. Wong Fung Chu

Consultant, 35 years of experience

Sunway Medical Centre, SelangorLocation

Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery.

Dr. Muruga Kumar Rajoo

Dr. Muruga Kumar Rajoo

Consultant, 33 years of experience

Pantai Hospital Kuala LumpurLocation

Brain aneurysm surgery Gamma knife surgery Spine surgery Skull base surgery

Dr. Selvapragasam T.

Dr. Selvapragasam T.

Consultant, 48 years of experience

Pantai Hospital Kuala LumpurLocation

Cranio-Spinal Surgery Ablation Stereotactic therapy Spinal surgery Traumatic brain & spine surgery Neurosurgical disorders Cervical spondylosis Lumbar spondylosis Spinal tumours/ lesions

Dr Kamalanathan Palaniandy

Dr Kamalanathan Palaniandy

Senior Consultant, 20 years of experience

Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh, MalaccaLocation

Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery, Interventional Spine, Pain Management and Chronic Pain.

Dr Sani Bin Sayuthi

Dr Sani Bin Sayuthi

Senior Consultant, 20 years of experience

Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh, MalaccaLocation

Brain surgery, Epilepsy Surgery and Spine surgery.

Dr. Gurmit Singh

Dr. Gurmit Singh

Consultant, 28 years of experience

Subang Jaya Medical Centre, Subang JayaLocation

Micro neurosurgery, Neuroendoscopy, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Brain and Spine trauma.

Success Rate

Prenatal surgery significantly improves the rate of ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement (44% prenatal surgery versus 84% postnatal), hindbrain herniation at 12 months of age (64% prenatal versus 96% postnatal), and independent walking at 30 months of age (45% prenatal versus 24% postnatal).

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