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Intussusception Surgical Repair in Children


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


The week before your child's surgery:

  • Write down the date, time, and location of your child's surgery.
  • When you take your child to see his healthcare provider, bring a list of his medicines or the medicine bottles. Tell healthcare providers if your child uses herbs, food supplements, or over-the-counter medicine. If your child is allergic to any medicine, tell his healthcare provider.
  • Ask your child's healthcare provider if your child needs to stop taking any medicines before his surgery.

The night before your child's surgery:

Ask healthcare providers about directions for eating and drinking.

The day of your child's surgery:

  • Ask your child's healthcare provider before you give your child any medicine on the day of his surgery. Bring a list of all the medicines your child takes, or his pill bottles, with you to the hospital.
  • You or a close family member will be asked to sign a legal document called a consent form. It gives healthcare providers permission to do the procedure or surgery on your child. It also explains the problems that may happen, and your choices. Make sure all your questions are answered before you sign this form.
  • Healthcare providers may put an IV tube into your child's vein. Your child may be given liquids and medicine through the IV.
  • An anesthesiologist will talk to you and your child before the surgery. Your child may need medicine to keep him asleep or numb an area of his body during surgery. Tell healthcare providers if anyone in your family has had a problem with anesthesia in the past.


What will happen:

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 cannot make it to his surgery.
  • Your child has a fever.
  • Your child has a cold or the flu.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's surgery.

Seek Care Immediately if

  • Your child's symptoms get worse.


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.

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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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