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Fundoplication in Children

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Fundoplication is surgery to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). During this surgery, the top part of your child's stomach is wrapped around the lower part of the esophagus. This prevents stomach acid from moving up into your child's esophagus.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call 911 if:

  • Your child has trouble breathing, chest pain, or a fast heart beat.

Seek care immediately if:

  • Your child has a fever or chills, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • Your child's incision is bleeding.
  • Your child has blood in his or her stools (may be bright red or black).

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • Your child has pus or redness around the incision.
  • Your child is unable to eat or drink.
  • Your child's stomach is full or bloated.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.

Medicines:

Your child may need any of the following:

  • Antibiotics: This medicine will help fight or prevent an infection. Make sure your child takes his antibiotics until they are gone, even if he feels better.
  • Prescription pain medicine may be given to your older child.
  • Do not give aspirin to children under 18 years of age. Your child could develop Reye syndrome if he takes aspirin. Reye syndrome can cause life-threatening brain and liver damage. Check your child's medicine labels for aspirin, salicylates, or oil of wintergreen.
  • Give your child's medicine as directed. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him or her 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.

Self-care:

  • Slowly give your child soft foods as directed. Ask your child's healthcare provider when he or she can resume their usual diet.
  • Return to daily activities and exercise as directed. Slowly start to do more each day.

Wound care:

Keep your child's wounds clean and dry. When your child is allowed to bathe or shower, carefully wash his or her incisions with soap and water. Dry the area and put on a new, clean bandage if directed.

Follow up with your child's doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.

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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.

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