How is duodenal atresia treated during pregnancy?
We can’t treat the condition before birth, but our prenatal care specialists will monitor your pregnancy closely. You may have more frequent ultrasounds or other imaging tests to assess your baby’s development.
You should meet with a pediatric surgeon before giving birth to discuss treatment options for your baby. The skilled team at the Colorado Fetal Care Center can explain your options and help you have a successful pregnancy and delivery.
How is duodenal atresia treated in newborns?
As soon as possible after birth, your baby will need a procedure called nasogastric decompression. We pass a thin, flexible tube through the nose, down the esophagus and into the stomach. This tube empties the intestines and prevents air and fluid from building up.
Your baby will not be able to breastfeed or bottle feed until the blockage is surgically repaired. They will get liquid nourishment through an IV.
We typically perform surgery to repair duodenal atresia in the first few days of life, based on your baby’s health. Your baby will recover after surgery in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Your baby will be able to go home as soon as they are able to eat on their own and begin gaining weight.
After recovering from reparative surgery, most babies will be able to eat and digest food without problems.
Why choose us for treatment of duodenal atresia?
As a parent, learning your baby may have duodenal atresia can be upsetting. We understand your concerns and are here to help. As one of the most experienced fetal care centers in the country, we know how to help you feel prepared for delivery. After your baby is born, we work seamlessly with pediatric subspecialists in our Level IV NICU to provide the best care.
The experts at the Colorado Fetal Care Center are at the forefront of treatment and care for this condition. We’ll help your family through this diagnosis to a successful delivery and a healthy baby.
Make an appointment
To make an appointment at The Colorado Fetal Care Center, please call us at 720-777-4463.