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Intussusception Surgical Repair in Children


Intussusception surgical repair is surgery to fix your child's intussusception.



  • Medicines can help decrease your child's pain and prevent infection.
  • 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 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. Throw away old medicine lists.
  • 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.

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider or surgeon in 1 to 2 weeks:

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


Give your child a variety of healthy foods. This includes fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish. Ask if your child needs to be on a special diet. Continue to breastfeed or bottle feed your infant.

Wound care:

Care for your child's wound as directed. When he is allowed to bathe, carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area gently. The medical tape will start to peel off on its own. Do not pull it off.

Contact your child's healthcare provider or surgeon if:

  • Your child has a fever.
  • Your child's wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • Your child's symptoms return.
  • Your child vomits 3 or more times in 24 hours.
  • Your child is eating and drinking less than usual.
  • Your child is urinating less than usual.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Your child has severe pain and a swollen abdomen.
  • Your child's incision comes apart.
  • Your child is not urinating.
  • Your child is weak or sleeps more than usual.
  • Your child's bowel movement has blood in it or looks like red jelly.

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