Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Treatment
Initial treatment for a diaphragmatic hernia focuses on oxygen therapy and mechanical ventilation to support breathing. Usually, surgery is performed within 48 hours of birth. During the procedure, the misplaced structures in the chest are relocated into the abdomen and the diaphragm is repaired. Additional treatment includes intravenous fluids and pain medication.
Treatment for a diaphragmatic hernia includes:
- Intravenous fluids
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Surgery for diaphragmatic hernia:
- To relocate the abdominal contents into the abdomen and repair the diaphragm
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Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of a diaphragmatic hernia.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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