Cloaca Repair and Treatment
Surgical treatment of cloaca
Cloaca is a complex condition that requires multiple surgeries. Knowing your baby needs one surgery is scary, but knowing they need more than one surgery can feel overwhelming. The surgical treatment a child will need depends on the type of cloaca they have and any other health problems they were born with.
Our families discuss their experience with surgery
Tashi's parents share their experience with the surgeries she has had and how their family has managed the journey.
Cloaca repair and treatment options and resources
Cloaca treatment occurs in stages. The treatment a child will need depends on the type of cloaca they have and any other health problems they have.
Colostomy and PSARVUP surgery
During PSARVUP, the surgeon separates the urethra, vagina and rectum so there are three perineal openings at the end of the operation, instead of one. The type of surgery your child needs depends on the length of the common channel.
Read more about this reconstructive surgery
Our multidisciplinary treatment approach
Our multidisciplinary care team is dedicated to helping your child achieve the best outcomes possible to improve their quality of life.
Cloaca repair and treatment timeline
The timeline below is an example of the treatment a child with cloaca may need.
24 hours to 2 months old:
- Tests to rule out other health problems
- Drainage of hydrocolpos (fluid buildup in the vagina)
- Surgery to create a colostomy
2 to 9 months old:
- PSARVUP reconstructive surgery
- Colostomy closure
3 years old:
5 to 8 years old:
"We feel extremely fortunate that we happened to be in Colorado near Children's Hospital."
Karsang, Tashi's father
Additional patient resources
One family living with cloaca shares how this experience has made them all stronger and offers advice for others about to go through their journey.
Living with cloaca
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