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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Urachal what???

We traveled to Boston for our 11 week-old's urachal surgery on Friday, and she is back home and doing well after an exhausting 15 hour day.  The procedure took longer than we originally expected, but with great results - it did not involve either her bladder or intestines.  She is still a bit sore, but otherwise is on the mend.  Thank you for your prayers!
For those of you who are like me and have never heard of a body part called the urachus before, here is the short version - when baby was born her umbilical cord had ducts through which she was attached to mom.  The duct attached to the bladder is called the urachus.  These ducts were supposed to shrink and then disappear as her bellybutton formed.  With our little one, this didn't happen properly, so the surgery's purpose was to prevent infection by removing those umbilical remnants.  There is a more complicated description here for all of you scientific-minded folk.

Life has been moving pretty fast lately, so if you see any of us spinning in circles please catch us and send us home.  I am always amazed at how much work these lovable little people are.

1 comment:

Marilynn said...

Glad all went well.