Wednesday, 30 May 2012
On Monday I got a call from Mt. Sinai hospital in Toronto. My OB had sent a referral and they were booking an appointment for me to come in on Wednesday. I hadn't yet had the follow up appointment with my doc about the ultrasound the previous Thursday so I was surprised! We booked the appointment and I called my doc's office to find out what's up. I guess my OB was concerned about the sizes of our girls and it appeared that one had more amniotic fluid surrounding her than the other, and the other one appeared to have an empty bladder...these are early signs of Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (you can read more about TTTS here: http://www.tttsfoundation.org/)
TTTS, if left untreated is 80% fatal for both fetuses, so it's very important to have an ultrasound by a specialist to determine if treatment is needed. TTTS can only happen in identical twins that share a placenta. The treatment I would likely have had is a laser ablation surgery, where they use a laser to burn any blood vessels between the two babies, which would hopefully cause the babies to even out their growth and them to get nutrients from the placenta rather than giving and taking from the other twin. The only hospital in Ontario to offer this surgery is Mount Sinai, with Dr. Ryan performing the surgery. I met Dr. Ryan today, he went over the technician's notes and ultrasound pictures and he confirmed the results.
I know so many of you are pulling for us, and we're so thankful for your positive thoughts, they mean so much! Thank you! I didn't get any ultrasound pictures today (sorry!), but there will be more next Thursday!