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


Gastroschisis is when a baby is born with the intestines sticking out via a hole in the tummy wall near the umbilical cord. Usually, the intestines never fit in the tummy simply because they’re swollen. If so, the surgeon usually arranges the intestines in a bag called a silo to:

  • enable the water transfer out of the intestines so they shrink to typical dimensions
  • let the intestines to slowly move into the belly

The care staff step by step tightens the silo as the intestines return to usual dimension. Placing the intestines back into the belly with a silo typically can take about 3–4 days, but may well choose for a longer time.

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Day reviewed: January 2022