Your child is scheduled for umbilical or ventral hernia surgery. Please adhere to the following instructions after surgery to ensure a good result. After surgery, you will need to call our office to make a 2 week post-op appointment.
The cut where the surgery was performed (incision) will be covered by small paper strips and there will also be a waterproof bandage. Leave the dressing on until the post-op exam. If the outer bandage falls off, replace it with another waterproof bandage; leave paper strips in place.
What to Expect:
- As with any surgery, there will be swelling and redness at the incision site
- Low grade fever for 2-3 days
- Tenderness/soreness for 2-5 days
- Drainage under the bandage for 3-4 days
Watch for the following problems and call our office if:
- Redness and swelling increases after the first 24 hours or extends around the bandage
- Blood or puss is coming out from underneath the bandage
- Temperature over 101 Fahrenheit or 39 Centigrade
- Problems with eating, having bowel movements, or urination
- Excessive vomiting
- Severe stomach pains
Keep the incision dry and as clean as possible. Do not tub bathe your child for 2 days. Sponge baths may be given for the first 2 days after surgery. If the child wears diapers, change them frequently for the first 5 days after surgery.
Your child should take it easy for 3-5 days after surgery. No running, jumping, or horseplay should be allowed until after the post-op appointment. Children may return to school 2-3 days after surgery. They should be restricted from the playground or physical education for 2 weeks after surgery. Children may sleep on their stomachs if it is comfortable.
If the child is prescribed pain medication, take it as directed on the bottle. If the child is in pain and has not been prescribed medication you may give the child a normal dose of Motrin plus ½ teaspoon more. If the child took a prescription pain medication and is still in pain, the parent may give ½ teaspoon of Motrin with the pain medication.
(Dr. Stovroff would rather any child take Motrin than Tylenol)
If you have any questions call the office at 404-252-7900 to speak with one of our staff members. If it is after hours and your child is having a problem call our office and you will be directed to our answering service who can page Dr. Stovroff.