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Fetal Intervention: When Should This Occur? - Dr. Lam

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Dr. Garrett Lam shares when a pregnant woman should consider fetal intervention and explains if ultrasound can harm a growing baby. Dr. Lam is an experienced obstetrician at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Lam:
When one talks about fetal intervention, that could mean a whole number of things. It could be something as simple as being hospitalized and monitoring the baby, to actually doing what I do, which is in-utero therapy where we manipulate the fetus and try to correct an internal problem.

A woman really hopefully will never need to see me. That’s actually a good thing because if they need to see me then there’s usually some issue going on the fetus that needs some correction.

Fetal intervention or fetal therapy is usually considered when the fetus itself has a very specific issue going on and where we need to change the neural environment or act upon the fetus in the womb in order to preserve the baby’s existence in the womb and give the best chance of survival after birth.

No, ultrasound is not dangerous from a radiation perspective. What an ultrasound is, is actually really the transmission of low frequency sound waves that enable us to image the baby inside the mother’s womb so there really is no radiation exposure at all.

There wasn’t a passing concern with the use of the frequency sound waves that it might transmit some heat and might that cause an issue for the baby. However, there have been many studies that have shown that frequent use of ultrasound is not damaging to the fetus.

About Dr. Garrett K. Lam, M.D.:
Dr. Garrett K. Lam is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine. He received his MD from the University of Rochester, completed his residency training at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, then went to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill for his fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine.

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Condition: Pregnancy, High-Risk Pregnancy, Preeclampsia

Related Terms: Cesarean Section, C-Section, Vaginal Birth, Elective C-Section, Emergency C-Section, Labor, HELLP Syndrome, Intrauterine Growth Restriction, Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension

Health Care Provider: Banner Hospital, Banner Medical Center, Banner Health, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Banner Good Samaritan Hospital, Banner Good Sam

Location: Phoenix, Arizona, AZ, 85006, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, Maricopa County, Phoenix Metropolitan Area

Expert: Dr. Garrett K. Lam, Garrett Lam, M.D., Doctor Garrett Lam, Obstetrician Dr. Garrett Lam, Dr. Garrett Lam, OB/GYN

Expertise: High-Risk Pregnancy, Cesarean Section, C-Section, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Perinatal Care, Birthing Services, Fetal Assessment, Fetal Therapy, Fetal Intervention, Premature Babies

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