After surgery, your baby goes to our Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where they get the high level of care they need.
When your baby is ready, they move to a regular hospital room and, eventually, home. Your baby gets the antibiotics, pain medicine and other medicines needed to help them recover.
Babies who have NEC may need to stay in the hospital for weeks or even months, whether they had surgery or not. Most often their long stay is due to other health issues linked to being born early (prematurely) rather than to NEC alone.
All babies with NEC get feedings through a tube that goes into a large vein (central line). When they have recovered from NEC, some of them will have a tube that passes through the nose or mouth into the stomach (nasogastric tube, NG tube; or orogastric tube, OG tube).
The surgery and neonatology staff will stay closely involved with your baby’s care. As your baby starts to feed again, your baby will need less care from the surgeon, and neonatology staff will take over all of the care. The surgeon will see your baby again if the ostomies need to be closed, if there are problems with short bowel syndrome or if there are any other issues that relate to surgery.