When I became pregnant in late of 2009, it turned out that luck had struck me twice: I was having identical twins. The pregnancy was moving along well, until 17 weeks, when things changed dramatically. During my 17-week ultrasound, the Prenatal Department at University of California San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF) confirmed that we were suffering twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). Due to the fact my boys were identical, they shared a placenta and the blood vessels were crossing. One baby was receiving too much blood and producing too much fluid while the other not receiving enough or producing enough. Twin to twin transfusion syndrome makes 7,500 cases a year with and has an 80% mortality rate. Only three places in the United States can perform laser surgery which gives the babies the most opportunity. Luckily, I was in one of those three cities — San Francisco.
From my personal experience, I highly recommend receiving treatment from UCSF Medical Center at 400 Parnassus whether you need local treatment or you’re flying in for treatment. They are very case sensitive and give you a thorough understanding of the conditions taking place.
Dr. Hanmin Lee is the Associate Professor of Surgery at UCSF and has over 25 years of experience in fetal treatment. He was an amazing surgeon. For my fetalscopic surgery, we had a meeting in which he described in detail my case, options, and likely outcomes. My surgery was efficient and couldn’t have gone smoother and more relaxed.
If you are a woman going through TTTS and are looking for treatment in the San Francisco area I strongly recommend treatment from UCSF and Dr. Lee. They will ease your nerves and help you in every way they can as well as your partner.
On February 24, 2010, I went into labor at 19 weeks. My babies were stillborn. No life. No breath, just beauty. Although my baby boys didn’t make i,t I blame nothing on the hospital or the doctors as they did their job to care for me beyond the protocol.
If you are a woman going through this situation Dr Lee has provided You Tube videos explaining TTTS and options as well as success rates. There is also the fetal treatment page on UCSF’s website that gives thorough bios of doctors on the Fetal Treatment Team.
If you have any questions that relate to my experience with TTTS or UCSF Fetal Treatment Center I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org