Although the abdomen is closed after the gastroschisis repair, it takes time for the intestines to recover from gastroschisis.
For example, if you have pain in your upper right abdomen, is the pain coming from there, or from the sensory part of your brain?
‘The abdomen is the worst place for fat to accumulate,’ says Professor Bell.
Once the epidural has taken effect, her abdomen is prepped with an antibacterial solution and a trochar is placed into the amniotic space to allow the introduction of instruments, such as a small camera (fetoscope) and a coagulation device into the amniotic cavity.
Three small 3 to 5 mm incisions are made and the patient's abdomen is distended with gas.