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Will the scars from the omphalocele surgery ever heal?

Will the scars from the omphalocele surgery ever heal?

Will get lighter: Scars are often most visible immediately after the surgery. They then go through a long process of healing and becoming less visible. Over time the scar will become less raised, less red and will begin to blend in more with the surrounding skin. Even keloid (the red raised scars) will begin to fade over time. Be sure to keep them out of the sun and put sunscreen all over the area when outside. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Kim
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Omphalocele (Definition)

Omphalocele is a birth defect of the abdominal (belly) wall. The infant’s intestines, liver, or other organs may stick outside of the belly through the belly button. The organs are covered in a thin, nearly transparent sac that hardly ever is open or broken. It is associated with a high rate of mortality and severe malformations, such as cardiac anomalies ...Read more


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I have minimum omphalocele bit is hurt wen a touch?

I have minimum omphalocele bit is hurt wen a touch?

Umbilical hernia?: I'm guessing you have an umbilical hernia, not an omphalocele, as the latter is a defect that requires fixing at birth. If it is bulging and tender to the touch you should be evaluated in person to make sure you don't have intestine stuck, or incarcerated, in the hernia. This can require surgery. ...Read more

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Is a gastroschisis or omphalocele the same?

Is  a gastroschisis or omphalocele the same?

No: Gastroschisis is an abdominal wall defect to the right of the umbilicus. The bowel is exposed to the amniotic fluid and gets chemically irritated. Usually only small and/or large bowel are exposed. Omphalocele is a hernia of the umbilical cord. The defect is usually larger and may have bowel and liver in the sac. There can other defects associated with omphalos. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an omphalocele and exomphalos?

What is the difference between an omphalocele and exomphalos?

Big difference : Omphalocele is a congenital lack of fusion of the abdominal wall. Exophthalmos is being "bug eyed", where the eyes protrude outward. ...Read more

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Question about omphalocele? Is it genetic?

Question about omphalocele? Is it genetic?

Possibly: Sometimes omphalocele is associated with a chromosomal abnormality. It can also be associated with a gene mutation. But it can also occur for no apparent reason. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for an omphalocele?

What is the treatment for an  omphalocele?

Surgery: Omphalocele involves protusion of intra-abdominal organs through a defect in the umbilical ring usually covered with a sac. Depending on the size of the defect and how much of the internal organs have herniated, treatment options may differ. Small defects can be surgically repair soon after birth. Larger defects may require initial nonoperative approach with delayed surgical closure. ...Read more

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Are there non-surgical methods to treat omphalocele?

Are there non-surgical methods to treat omphalocele?

Temporarily: In patients born with giant omphaloceles, typically containing the liver and a good portion of the intestines, immediate fascial closure is not an option because of the absence of a peritoneal cavity. In these circumstances, the omphalocele sac can be treated with scarifying agents until the baby has grown enough (commonly, years) & developed an adequate peritoneal cavity for fascial repair. ...Read more

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Whats the difference of omphalocele and gastroschisis?

Whats the difference of omphalocele and gastroschisis?

There are many: There are many differences. Omphalocele is a defect at the umbilical ring, usually has an amniotic sac covering the organs, and can be associated with many other congenital anomalies. Gastroschisis is usually a defect on the right of the umbilical cord, does not have a sac, and usually not associated with many congenital anomalies. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

A scar a condition in which an injury (a cut, ...Read more