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Laparoscopic Appendectomy In Children
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Laparoscopic appendectomy is surgery to remove your child's appendix. During this surgery, small incisions are made in your child's abdomen. A small scope and special tools are inserted through these incisions. A scope is a flexible tube with a light and camera on the end.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Antibiotics: This medicine is given to fight an infection caused by bacteria. Give your child this medicine exactly as ordered by his healthcare provider. Do not stop giving your child the antibiotics unless directed by his healthcare provider. Never save antibiotics or give your child leftover antibiotics that were given to him for another illness.
- Pain medicine: Your child may need medicine to take away or decrease pain. Know how often your child should get the medicine and how much. Watch for signs of pain in your child. Tell caregivers if his pain continues or gets worse. To prevent falls, stay with your child to help him get out of bed.
- Give your child's medicine as directed. Call your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.
Your child may need more rest than he realizes as he heals.
Quiet play will keep your child safely busy so he does not become restless and risk hurting himself. Have your child read or draw quietly when he is awake. Follow instructions for how much rest your child should get while he heals.
Ask your child's healthcare provider when your child can begin his usual activities.
Give your child a variety of healthy foods:
This may help him have more energy and heal faster. Healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meat, and fish. Ask if your child needs to be on a special diet.
When your child is allowed to bathe or shower, carefully wash his incisions with soap and water. If he has bandages, change them any time they get wet or dirty. Ask your child's healthcare provider for more information about wound care.
Contact your child's healthcare provider if:
- Your child has a fever.
- Your child has chills, a cough, or feels weak and achy.
- Your child has nausea or vomiting.
- Your child is irritable and crying more than usual.
- You have any questions or concerns about your child's surgery, condition, or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Blood soaks through your child's bandage.
- There is pus or a foul-smelling odor coming from your child's wound.
- Your child feels full and cannot burp or vomit.
- Your child is not able to have a bowel movement.
- Your child is not able to eat or drink.
- Your child is urinating less or not at all.
- Your child's vomit is greenish, looks like coffee grounds, or has blood in it.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.