Abdominal wall defect repair
Gastroschisis repair is surgery to correct a birth defect that causes an opening in the skin and muscles covering the belly (abdominal wall). The opening allows intestines and sometimes other organs to bulge outside the belly. The surgeon places the organs back inside the belly and closes the belly wall.
The goal of surgery is to place the organs back into the baby's belly and fix the defect, if possible. The surgeon will wait until your baby is stable enough to have surgery. This may take a week to 10 days. During this time, a plastic pouch called a silo will be used to return most of your baby's intestines and other organs into the belly.
When ready for surgery, your baby will receive general anesthesia. This will make your baby asleep and pain-free during the operation.
Gastroschisis is a life-threatening birth defect. It needs to be treated as soon as possible after a baby is born.
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