Not all birth injuries require surgery. However, it may be required in order to correct damage caused by troubling labour or birth, or to determine the severity of an injury on a child. Birth injuries that usually require surgery include severe cases of brachial palsy, brain haemorrhaging and skull fractures.
In cases of brain damage in babies, surgery can be used during the initial treatment process or later on to manage issues with symptoms. Surgery can stop bleeding within the brain, remove blood clots and help to manage seizures.
For jaundice, a baby may need to undergo a blood transfusion, replacing the baby’s blood with a matching donor’s that doesn’t contain excess pigment.