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Intussusception Surgical Repair in Children


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


Before your child's surgery:

  • Informed consent is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that your child may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your child's medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done to your child. Make sure all of your questions are answered.
  • An IV is a small tube placed in your child's vein that is used to give him medicine or liquids.
  • General anesthesia will keep your child asleep and free from pain during surgery. He may get anesthesia through his IV. He may instead breathe it in through a mask or a tube placed down his throat. The tube may cause your child to have a sore throat when he wakes up.

During your child's surgery:

An incision will be made in the right lower area of your child's abdomen. Healthcare providers will unfold the bowel by hand. They will look at the bowel to make sure it is healthy. Healthcare providers may not be able to unfold the bowel, or part of the bowel may be diseased or dead. If this happens, healthcare providers will cut out the folded, diseased, or dead bowel and stitch the ends back together. The wound will be closed with stitches and medical tape.

After your child's surgery:

Your child will be taken to a room to rest until he is fully awake. Healthcare providers will monitor your child closely for any problems. Do not let your child get out of bed until his healthcare provider says it is okay. When healthcare providers see that he is okay, your child may be able to go home. If your child is staying in the hospital, he will be taken to his room.

  • Your child will be able to drink liquids and eat certain foods once his stomach function returns after surgery. He may be given ice chips at first. Then he will get liquids such as water, broth, juice, and clear soft drinks. If your child's stomach does not become upset, he may then be given soft foods, such as ice cream and applesauce. Once he can eat soft foods easily, he may slowly begin to eat solid foods.
  • Healthcare providers may measure how much liquid your child gets and urinates. Your child may need to urinate into a container in bed or in the toilet. A healthcare provider will measure the amount of urine. If your child wears diapers, a healthcare provider may need to weigh them. Do not throw away diapers or flush urine down the toilet before you ask a healthcare provider.
  • Medicines:
    • Acetaminophen decreases your child's fever.
    • Pain medicine may be given. Do not let your child's pain get severe before you ask for more medicine.
    • Antibiotics help prevent or fight an infection caused by bacteria.


Your child may bleed more than expected during surgery, or his bowel may tear or get damaged. He may develop an infection. His wound could open and need to be repaired by healthcare providers. The intussusception could happen again in the same place or another part of the bowel.


You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child.

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