Spina Bifida Treatment Cost In United Arab Emirates

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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 United Arab Emirates

Popular Cities in United Arab Emirates for Spina Bifida Treatment are:

Doctors for Spina Bifida Treatment in United Arab Emirates

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

Listing popular specialists:

Dr. Fadel Fouad Gendy

Dr. Fadel Fouad Gendy

Senior Consultant, 34 years of experience

Location

<p>Low back pain Prolapsed intervertebral disc Spinal trauma Spinal tumors Spinal fixation Brain tumors Head trauma Brain hemorrhage Stroke Epilepsy Congenital anomalies of the brain and spinal cord in children</p>

Dr. Abdulla Qassim

Dr. Abdulla Qassim

Consultant, 30 years of experience

HMS Al Garhoud HospitalLocation

Brain Tumors, Cerebral Palsy, Nerve Injury, Pediatric Neurology

Dr. Hillol K Pal

Dr. Hillol K Pal

Consultant, 25 years of experience

Al Zahra Hospital, DubaiLocation

Spine Instrumentation, Stroke Management, Skull Base Surgery, Epilepsy Surgery, Neurotrauma (Head Injury & Spinal Cord Injury), Brain Tumour Treatment, Craniotomy, Disc Replacement ( Cervical /Lumber)

Dr. Nicandro Figueiredo

Dr. Nicandro Figueiredo

Consultant, 24 years of experience

King's College Hospital, DubaiLocation

Spinal problems and spinal surgery for adults and children; Treatment of disc diseases and spinal stenosis affecting the cervical, thoracolumbar, sacral and coccygeal region, causing pain at the neck, arms, lower-back and leg (sciatic pain) and “tail-bone” (coccyx); Use of conventional, mini-open, minimally invasive spinal surgeries, microsurgery, spinal fusion, arthroplasty techniques, spinal neuronavigation and O-arm for 3D intraoperative image acquisition; Spinal deformity, including scoliosis and hyperkyphosis, and spinal malformations; Spinal trauma (anterior and/or posterior decompression and fixation); Percutaneous kyphoplasty and spinal biopsy; Spinal tumours and cysts Spinal infections

Dr. Muhammed Chishti

Dr. Muhammed Chishti

Visiting Consultant, 35 years of experience

King's College Hospital, DubaiLocation

Brain tumors Aneurism and AVM Hydrocephalus Craniosynostosis with all type of cranial trauma Degenerative spinal disease Spinal tumors Infections and spinal dysraphism

Dr. Mounir Haider Haider

Dr. Mounir Haider Haider

Principal Consultant, 30 years of experience

Burjeel Hospital, Abu DhabiLocation

Aneurysms chronic low-back pain

Dr. Mohammed Al-jumaily

Dr. Mohammed Al-jumaily

Senior Consultant, 22 years of experience

Al Zahra Hospital, DubaiLocation

Neuro-endoscopy Stereotactic Radiosurgery Head Injury

Dr. Dilip Panekar

Dr. Dilip Panekar

Senior Consultant, 26 years of experience

Aster Hospital, Mankhool Location

Neurosurgery, Neuro-oncology, Skull base surgery, Reconstructive surgery for craniofacial deformities, Functional neurosurgery, Neurovascular surgery

Dr. Al Mutasim Bellah Khamees Etaiwi

Dr. Al Mutasim Bellah Khamees Etaiwi

Senior Consultant, 19 years of experience

Saudi German Hospital AjmanLocation

Encephalocele, Myelomenengocele, Cranioplasty, Menengocele, Sacrococcegial teratoma.

Dr Shankar Ayyappan Kutty

Dr Shankar Ayyappan Kutty

Senior Consultant, 20 years of experience

NMC Speciality Hospital, Abu DhabiLocation

Brain surgery, Spine surgery, Aneurysm clipping, Excision of skull base tumours, and Craniofacial surgeries.

Dr Rahul Amunje Mally

Dr Rahul Amunje Mally

Consultant, 15 years of experience

NMC Speciality Hospital, Abu DhabiLocation

Traumatic Head Injury, Glioma, Vertebral Hemangioma, Tremors, Herniated Disc.

Dr. Sebouh Kassis

Dr. Sebouh Kassis

Consultant, 17 years of experience

Location

Conservative treatment of neck and back pain, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (microsurgery, endoscopy & spinal navigation), Minimally Invasive Spinal stabilisation for Traumatic and Degenerative Diseases, Spinal Arthroplasty with Total Disc Replacement, Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery, Spinal Percutaneous Infiltrations (epidural and facet blocks)

Dr. Tomasso Tufo

Dr. Tomasso Tufo

Senior Consultant, 17 years of experience

Fakeeh University Hospital, DubaiLocation

Treatment of cranial nerve tumors, Pituitary gland and pituitary tumors, Cushing's Disease, Spinal Tumour & Infection of the Spine, Lumbar Spine Surgery / Cervical Spine Surgery / Thoracic Spine Surgery, Revision surgery

Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi

Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi

Director, 36 years of experience

Neuro Spinal Hospital (NSH)Location

Brain Tumors, Back Pain from different causes, Neck Pain with or without arm & shoulder pain, Sciatica, leg pain due to disc herniation or other causes, Degenerative Disc diseases, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis, Spina Bifida, Spinal and Spinal Cord Tumors and entrapment syndromes, Spinal Cord Injury/Spinal Fractures, Peripheral Nerve Injury & Tumors, Failed back surgery syndrome, Revision spine surgery, Intractable Cancer pain & Neuropathic pain, Hydrocephalus/ Trauma

Dr. Catalin Nicolae Majer

Dr. Catalin Nicolae Majer

Consultant, 20 years of experience

Neuro Spinal Hospital (NSH)Location

Microsurgery of the Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Disc Herniation, Minimally Invasive Techniques for Canal Stenosis Decompression, Cervical Total Disc Replacement, Posterior Cervical Stabilization with pedicel and lateral mass screws, Minimally invasive percutaneous techniques for vertebral fractures including vertebroplasty kyphoplasty, spine stabilization

Dr. Gopalakrishnan C V

Dr. Gopalakrishnan C V

Head of Department, 23 years of experience

Medcare Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, DubaiLocation

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Spinal Tumors, Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus

Dr. Tinku Jose Kurisinkal

Dr. Tinku Jose Kurisinkal

Consultant, 15 years of experience

RAK Hospital, Ras Al KhaimahLocation

Spine Surgery, Spinal Tumors

Dr. Martin Liner

Dr. Martin Liner

Consultant, 20 years of experience

Saudi German Hospital, DubaiLocation

Neurosurgical trauma, Hydrocephalus, Peripheral nerve lesions

Dr. Muhammed Khalid Naseen Chishti

Dr. Muhammed Khalid Naseen Chishti

Consultant, 30 years of experience

King's College Hospital, DubaiLocation

Brain tumors, Aneurysm and AVM, Hydrocephalus, Craniosynostosis with all types of cranial trauma, Degenerative spinal disease, Spinal tumors, Infections and spinal dysraphism

Dr. Alireza Taghikhani

Dr. Alireza Taghikhani

Consultant, 24 years of experience

Iranian HospitalLocation

Neurocysticercosis Cranial Surgery

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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