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Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy in Children


Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is surgery to remove your child's gallbladder.



Your child may need the following:

  • Prescription pain medicine helps decrease pain. Do not wait until his pain is severe before you give him this medicine.
  • NSAIDs decrease swelling and pain. This medicine can be bought with or without a doctor's order. This medicine can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. Always read the medicine label and follow the directions on it before you give your child this medicine.
  • 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.

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider 2 weeks after surgery, or as directed:

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

What to feed your child:

Feed him low-fat foods for 4 to 6 weeks while his body learns to digest fat without a gallbladder. Slowly increase the amount of fat that you let him eat. Offer him plenty of liquids. Ask how much liquid to give him and which liquids are best.

Wound care:

Care for your child's surgical wounds as directed. Keep the wounds clean and dry. Your child may take a shower the day after surgery. Ask when it is okay for him to take a bath.

When your child can return to school and other activities:

Tell your child to rest often and to slowly increase his activity level each day. If an activity causes pain, tell him to wait several days before he does that activity again. Your child should be able to do his normal activities 1 to 2 weeks after surgery.

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • Your child has a fever or chills.
  • Your child has pain or nausea that is not relieved by medicine.
  • Your child has redness and swelling around his incisions, or blood or pus is coming from his incisions.
  • Your child is constipated or has diarrhea.
  • Your child's skin or eyes are yellow, or his bowel movements are pale.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's surgery, condition, or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Your child has abdominal pain or bloating and vomiting.
  • Your child cannot stop vomiting.
  • Your child's bowel movements are bloody or black.
  • Your child's abdomen is swollen, hard, and painful.

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