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Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair

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This surgery is performed to treat congenital diaphragmatic hernia (a condition in which the diaphragm muscle doesn’t close during prenatal development and abdominal contents migrate to the chest through that hole). The surgeon makes an incision right below the ribcage of the baby and guides the organs in the chest back down into the abdomen. Then, the surgeon sews the muscles around the hole together. If the baby has a larger defect, the surgeon sews the hole close with a soft tissue patch.