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Prior to Surgery
On the Day of the Surgery Your baby will have tubes placed in his or her mouth that run to the stomach to keep air from entering the stomach. Throughout the procedure, your baby’s vital signs will be monitored and intravenous lines will deliver nutrition and pain medications.
After Surgery Your baby will remain in the hospital for several weeks to months, based on his or her overall health.
Recovery: What to Expect in the Next Few Weeks Babies with strong lungs will recover more quickly. If your baby has other medical issues, he or she will remain in the hospital longer, and recovery may take several months. You must watch your baby closely to make sure he or she is progressing.
Question & Answer
What does the procedure involve?
Under general anesthesia, the pediatric surgeon makes a small incision in the baby’s abdomen, just under the ribs. This gives space to allow the surgeon to gently reposition the organs. This is done by carefully pulling them through the opening in the diaphragm and into the abdomen. Once the organs are placed in the appropriate location, the hole in the diaphragm is repaired and sutured so the organs cannot move out of position.
How many incisions are made?
One incision is made in the chest.
How long will my baby stay in the hospital?
It depends on your baby’s overall health status and if he or she has other medical problems. Most babies stay in the NICU for several weeks to recover.
What is the recovery time?
Babies with strong lungs will recover more quickly. If your baby has other medical issues, he or she will remain in the hospital longer, and it may take several months for recovery. You must watch your baby closely to ensure he or she is progressing.
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