Also sometimes known as ‘FFTS’ (Feto-
This condition affects approximately 1 in 5 (20%) of all twins that share the same placental mass (monochorionic). This is a highly pathological condition, which if untreated will lead to foetal or newborn death in excess of 95% of cases.
Foetal laser surgery involves passing a small camera (called a foetoscope) into the amniotic sac of the recipient twin. A laser fibre is then used to block the connecting vessels on the surface of the placenta and stop the flow of blood from one twin to the other. Foetal laser surgery is performed in an operating theatre under local anaesthetic and sedation.
Excel Lasers & TTTS
Excel Lasers support a number of hospitals using Diomed lasers in the treatment of TTTS. The Diomed D60 lasers delivers 60 W of power, providing the energy necessary to perform the procedure. Our ELF-
Further information on TTTS can be found at the UK TTTS Association website.