Spina Bifida is a congenital anomaly in which the spine and the spinal cord does not form properly. In this defect the neural tube does not develop properly during the pregnancy and the baby is born with defects in the spinal cord. Spina Bifica is mainly of 3 types - Spina Bifida Occulta, Myelomeningocele and Meningocele.

Spina Bifida Occulta is a mild form but is more common. In this there is a small gap between one or more vertebrae of the spine. Most of the patients do not even know about this condition and is discovered during MRI scan of the spine for any kind of problem.

Myelomeningocele is the more severe form of Spina Bifida. In this congenital defect the spinal canal is open at several places along the vertebrae in the lower or the middle back. The membranes and spinal nerves are out in the open at the time of birth. The child is more prone to severe infections leading to paralysis.


The diagnosis for Spina Bifida is normally made around the 14-16 weeks of the pregnancy when the pregnant woman undergoes a Level 2 Ultrasound also known as Anomaly scan. Sometimes this cogenital anomaly is missed in routine ultrasound. Once this congenital anomaly is discovered during the pregnancy the best option is to get the baby aborted as there are chances of some more congenital anomalies in the baby. In India the abortion is allowed till the 20th week of pregnancy in case of a congenital anomaly. However your gynaecologist might want to do amniocentisis before aborting the baby.

The surgery can be done before birth to repair the spinal cord. This is done by opening the uterus of the mother and the neurosurgeon doing the repair on the spine of the foetus. Once the child is born with this defect then the surgery to put the exposed nerves and bones should be done as early as possible for best results.


Max Hospitals at New Delhi and Gurgaon have the most advanced cutting edge technology when it comes to Spina Bifida surgery. The operation theatres are equipped with very high precision Operating Microscopes from Karl Storz, Germany. We have the facilities to do the surgery on Spina Bifida even before the baby is born.

The surgery for Spina Bifida defect correction in India will cost in the range of USD 6000 - 9000 depending upon the severity of the condition. Max Hospital offers all kinds of accomodation for the patients - ward beds, shared rooms and single private rooms. The cost of doctor consultation and diagnostics is also the lowest in the world. Our team has done more than 15000 brain and spine surgeries with success rate in excess of 98%.

Our team of Patient Care Executives will take care of all your needs while you are in India for your treatment. They will facilitate your travel by sending visa invitation to the Indian embassy. Find all the details on the page about International Patients.

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