It occurs when the fetal spine fails to close during the first months of development. Myelomeningocele, the most common type of spina bifida, causes a meningocele (a sac protrusion of the membranes that cover the spine and part of the spinal cord) to protrude from the child's back. Surgery is required to treat many types of spina bifida, usually within days of birth. The Secure Flip Pediatric Dual Positioner was designed for use during spina bifida procedures to insure infants are flipped from supine to prone positions safely and securely, while protecting the exposed sac. Infants must be in the supine position for intubation, and then flipped prone to perform the surgery, and then back to supine to extubate.
Dr. Sami Khoshyomn joined Mercy Clinic-neurosurgery in 2005. He received his medical degree from the University of Vienna School of Medicine in Austria and completed his pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto Canada. He has received numerous awards including Achievements Award from the Medical Faculty of University of Vienna. Dr. Sami is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Bharat Shah joined Mercy Health Springfield in 1996. His plastic surgery practice encompasses a wide variety of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, including pediatric craniofacial surgery, hand surgery, facial reconstruction, microsurgery, burn reconstruction, and hair restoration. Dr. Shah is a Chicago native, with undergraduate training at Loyola University of Chicago with a B.S. Honors Degree in Psychology. He received his medical degree at Loyola University-Stritch School of Medicine. He is residency/fellowship trained in multiple disciplines.
Dr. Dawn Zablocki received her medical degree from Loma Linda University Medical Center and completed her residency at the St. Joseph Health Sciences Center. She is board certified in anesthesiology and is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the International Anesthesia Research Society, the American Medical Association and the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia.