Surgery After Birth
Surgery to repair the spine can also be done within twelve to twenty-four hours after birth. The sac that forms from nerves and membranes pushing through the opening in the spine can lead to serious infections, so surgery after birth is performed to prevent further damage. The surgery drains a portion of the excess fluid from the sac and places the spinal cord and various tissues back into the proper location. The gap is then closed and sealed with skin and muscle. The operation will fix the defect, but it can't repair existing nerve damage. Bone development issues such as dislocated joints or scoliosis can appear later in life and require further surgical procedures.