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can you tell me if there are any alternatives to surgery for omphalocele?

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Dr. Kirpal Singh
General Surgery 24 years experience
No: Unfortunately, there are no other real alternatives. The bowel needs to be placed back in abdomen, slowly (depending on how much is outside) and the defect has to closed primarily (ie surgery).
Dr. Charles Vinocur
Pediatric Surgery 48 years experience
Occasionally: I depends on the size of the defect. In very large omphaloceles, we can paint the area and allow the "sac" to become covered with ingrowth of skin. Over time, the defect will need to be repaired as it becomes a large hernia. However, many of the babies with this have other defects that need to be repaired surgically. Very small ones, called hernias of the cord may not need repair.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What are their any alternatives to surgery for omphalocele?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Depends: a lot depends on the size of the omphalocele. the larger it is(the defect) the more organs it will contain. small ones can be closed easily like a hernia. larger ones may need to be closed gardually via several operations spanning many months. the most significant issue is if there are there any associated birth defects. these defect ocurr about 30% of the time and can affect the heart, brain, etc

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