Quick Summary: Treating Gastroschisis (Gastroschisis Silo) (for Parents)

Gastroschisis is when a baby is born with the intestines sticking out via a gap in the tummy wall around the umbilical twine. Typically, the intestines will not suit in the tummy because they are swollen. If so, the surgeon usually arranges the intestines in a bag called a silo to:

  • permit the water move out of the intestines so they shrink to regular dimensions
  • make it possible for the intestines to slowly but surely go into the stomach

The care crew gradually tightens the silo as the intestines return to typical dimensions. Placing the intestines back again into the belly with a silo generally can take about 3–4 days, but may perhaps choose for a longer period.

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Day reviewed: January 2022