You’re probably asking yourself, “What is Amniotic Band Syndrome?” Well, you are surely not alone, because it is not a condition that most people have ever heard about.
Amniotic Band Syndrome is known as an inborn birth defect. It’s usually caused when a limb or other part of the fetus entangles in amniotic bands while in the uterus. The band constriction can happen on different parts of the body, and it can cause severe deformity.
Although, Amniotic Band Syndrome is a quite rare disorder, it still affects about one out of twelve hundred births in the U.S. each year. It can also cause miscarriages. Amniotic Band Syndrome can also affect the feet, because the disorder usually happens in outer limbs.
Treatment Options for Amniotic Band Syndrome
- Reconstructive Surgery – After a child is born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, the condition is then monitored to determine the type of reconstructive surgery that is needed.
- Fetal Surgery – Surgeries, such as In-utero endoscopic release can be performed to prevent amputations and other neurological conditions. They can also lead to a healthy birth of a child.
There are different procedures that can be performed with fetal surgery and reconstructive surgery. That would be determined by the options that are provided to you by a surgeon.
While Amniotic Band Syndrome is not common, it’s still best to learn and understand this condition. By becoming knowledgeable about it, you will know your options if it happens to your child.
For more information, you should discuss this with your podiatrists at InMotion Foot & Ankle Specialists.