Kayleigh Albertson laughs and smiles just like any normal seven-year-old. However, she is one of few; Kayleigh has Meckel's Diverticulum.
Only two percent of people have Meckel's Diverticulum. It is a congenital disorder that leaves a pouch on the wall of the lower part of the intestine.
For Kayleigh, the condition caused her to have internal bleeding and to fix it, she needed surgery. The surgery could have left an unwanted scar, but pediatric surgeon, Dr. Jon Ryckman, preformed an unexpected operation: a scarless surgery.
"They went through her belly button, stitched her back up and looking awesome," Kayleigh's mom Carrie Albertson said.
Ryckman says this surgery hits close to home.
"I also had a Meckel's Diverticulum. I'm also one of the two percent," Ryckman said.
In his 20's, Ryckman basically had the same surgery that he preformed on Kayleigh, but his left a large scar on his stomach. He says that's one reason why he now practices scarless surgery.
"My personal experience defiantly weights in on it to some extent, but I think this is something that patients deserve and a way to help them out through a difficult situation," Ryckman said.
Ryckman says the scarless surgery is especially helpful for younger people who may be afraid of surgery.
"I think it helps for them to wake up and realize that everything looks the same, they don't have any long term scars, they aren't going to look different from the other kids when they get back to school," Ryckman said.
"Who wants to have a huge scar to remind her of this for the rest of her life?" Carrie said.
Patients who receive scarless surgery also recover more quickly and overall experience less pain.